Okosodo Et Al

Okosodo et al

Greener
Journal of Agricultural Sciences,
 Vol. 6 (1),
pp. 
010-016, January
2016.

ISSN: 2276-7770  

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 121615169

 

(DOI http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2016.1.121615169)

 

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.

2 Forestry, Wildlife and
Fisheries Management Dept; Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti.

3 College of Agriculture,
Iguoriakhi, Benin city, Edo State, Nigeria.

Abstract

 

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 oleiferaDelonis 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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