Khursheed Ahmad Sheikh, Sanjay Telang, Saheel Ahmad Bhat and Muzaffar Ahmad Wani

Govt. Benazir Science and Commerce College, Bhopal, M.P. (India)


Between June 2010 and June 2011, the food habits of chital (Axis axis axis) were studied in Van Vihar National park, Bhopal. Chital in total fed on 98 plant species. Contribution of various plant types (grasses, herbs, fallen leaves, flowers and fruits) to the diet of chital varied from season to season. Among all the plant types, grasses had the highest preference and among all the plant species, Tridax procumbens had the highest preference with preference rating of 21.4.

Key words : VanVihar National Park, Axis axis axis, food habits, ungulates, grazer, browser.

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