Volume : 5, Issue : 6, JUN 2019

STUDY ON HABITAT OCCUPANCY OF THE CHOUSINGHA OR FOUR HORNED ANTELOPE (TETRACERUSQUADRICORNIS,BLAINVILLE 1816) IN BOUDH FOREST DIVISION, CENTRAL ODISHA, INDIA

UDAYA KUMAR DAS, SANJEEB KUMAR BEHERA, SATYA NARAYAN BEHERA, JITENDRA KUMAR

Abstract

The Chousingha or the four horned antelope (Tetracerusquadricornis, Blainville 1816) is broadly studied through the camera trap photo capture and pellet survey during all India Tiger estimation 2010 and 2014 in Odisha. The habitats are surveyed by well experienced field biologists having sound knowledge and better identification skills of pellet droppings, hoop markings, vocalisationand other signs. Direst sighting is little difficult for the FHA in comparison to chital and barking deer. In two occasions the pellet mount of territorial mark of FHA males are spotted in Adenigarh beat, Hatidhara RF comp 10, Talagaon beat and section of Madhapur range. The chousingha also sighted in Putputigarh RF of Kantamal range during elephant census survey of 2015. One photo capture is achieved during one-month photo capture exercise during April 2014 survey.

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