Okosodo et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Vol. 6 (1), pp. 010-016, January 2016.
Manuscript Number: 121615169
Food and Feeding Ecology of Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus) in Leventis Foundation Agricultural School Ilesa South Western Nigeria
Okosodo E.F.1*, Orimaye J.O.2 and Obasogie F.O.3
1 Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1054 Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.
3 College of Agriculture, Iguoriakhi, Benin city, Edo State, Nigeria.
This study examined the food and feeding ecology of the Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus babatus) in Leventis Foundation Nigeria Agricultural Training School, South Western Nigeria. Direct field observation method was used to collect data for 12 months on the food and feeding ecology of these bird species. The study area was divided into three compartments according to land use types (secondary forest, Farmland and Developed Area). The result showed that the Common bulbul consumed variety of plants and insects, Ficus exaparataa provided the highest food source (fruits and seeds) and they also consumed the leaves and flowers of the following plants Moringa oleifera, Delonis regia and Boerhavia diffusa. Tree species provided the highest food source of 66.7% and insects 33.7%. The result revealed that the Common Bulbul Utilized the three Compartments within the study area and that secondary forest provided highest food materials of 69.68%, Farmland 21.12% and Developed area 9.2%
Key words: Food, Ecology, Habits, conservation.
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