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The distribution, abundance, and habitat preference of lovebirds <i>Agapornis pullaria</i> in Tiortyu riparian vegetation

PO Egwumah
EA Agbelus
FA Egwumah


Objectives: Intensive agriculture and human exploitation of timber are the main threat to Lovebirds (Agapornis pullaria) distribution and abundance in Tiortyu riparian vegetation in Nigeria
Methodology and Results: Four Vegetation micro-habitats in Tiortyu  riparian environment; Forestland vegetation (FLV), Woodland savannah (WLS), Grassland Savannah (GLS), and Cultivated Land (CL) were sampled for 12 months to investigate the distribution, abundance and habitat preference of lovebird Agapornis pullaria. Point count census technique was adopted and data were collected at fortnight interval. Within the period of
investigation 26 birds in FLV, 5 in WLS, 2 in GLS were counted and no bird was counted in cultivated land. Lovebird varied significantly (P < 0.05) in Forestland vegetation than any other micro-habitat, while their population was significantly (P < 0.05) influence by late rainy season (August – October).
Conclusion and application of the findings: Intensive agriculture and excessive exploitation of timber and other flora resources pose imminent danger to lovebird’s existence. Therefore, giving respite and sustainable resource exploitation will offer a conducive environment for lovebirds to thrive.

Key words: Abundance, micro-habitat, preference, riparian, vegetation

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eISSN: 1997-5902