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Food and Feeding Ecology of Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striatus sindianus (Ticehurst) in District Jammu (J&K), India

Author Affiliations

  • Department of Zoology, University of Jammu, Jammu (180006), J&K, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 54-57, July,22 (2013)


The present study on food and feeding ecology of Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striatussindianus (Ticehurst) was carried out during June, 2010 to December, 2011 at district Jammu. The study revealed that these babblers have omnivorous feeding habit with insects forming the predominant portion of their diet. Their plant diet included fruits, berries, nectar, figs, seeds and grains. Lifting of dead leaves on ground was found to be the most common strategy applied by these babblers for foraging during present study. Inter and intraspecific struggle for food was recorded at artificial feeding sources like canteens. Moreover, the Jungle Babblers were found to share a sort of communal relationship with their feeding associates.


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