African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Limiting the rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) damage on guava (Psidium guajava) and mango (Mangifera indica) with an ultrasonic sound player in a farmland of Faislabad, Pakistan

Hammad Ahmad Khan*, Muhammad Javed, Ammara Tahir and Madeeha Kanwal
Department of Zoology and Fisheries, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan 38040.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 November 2013
  •  Published: 19 December 2013

Abstract

This paper provides information regarding the damage of rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri: Scopoli) on guava (Psidium guajava L.) and mango (Mangifera indica L.) with an ultrasonic sound player in an urban garden of Faisalabad. The rose-ringed parakeet, with the status of a serious vertebrate pest throughout the region of Central Punjab, Pakistan, with the availability of suitable roosts and nests on various trees, damages and destroys both cultivated and fruit crops and incurs in substantial damage to farmers and commercial fruit growers. There was also a marked reduction in the numbers of parakeet visitations on the two fruits in the presence of the acoustic player.  Seemingly, the roosts of the rose-ringed parakeet occur closely to the food sources and as such, lower levels of energy budgets are required to manifest with frequent visitations from and to their roosts throughout the day, inflicting damage and economic losses to them. Therefore, it seems plausible to use similar bird repellents on a variety of crops to reduce the bird depredatory attacks to improve on economic losses and augment the crop quality and production in the productive agro-ecosystems of Punjab, Pakistan. 

 

Key words: Rose-ringed parakeet, guava, fruit orchards, sound player, management.