The database highlights the biodiversity of the Chamundi hills

Chamundi Hills is home to over 150 species of birds belonging to 44 families and some are endemic

Chamundi Hills is home to over 150 species of birds belonging to 44 families and some are endemic

Documentation of the flora and fauna of the region and the database created by volunteers helped to highlight the biodiversity of the Chamundi hills during the round table convened on Sunday by the citizens of Mysuru.

MA Shivaprakash, who is one of the volunteers and a bird expert who has studied the flora and fauna of the area, said according to a database of undivided Mysuru, there were 1,700 species of plants and trees in the region of which more than 500 species were found in the Chamundi Hills alone. Of these, one in four had medicinal properties.

The study and observation over a period of a decade confirmed the presence of 153 species of butterflies representing six families in addition to witnessing the migration of danaid butterflies. According to Shivaprakash, the well-developed thicket providing continuous shade throughout the day welcomes these migratory butterflies that roost in the hills of Chamundi. He said different caterpillar species subsist on different plant species and habitat loss due to rope way or similar projects will also lead to local extinction of butterfly species.

According to Mysore Nature, a website (www.mysorenature.org) where the database of flora and fauna of Mysuru and surrounding region is downloaded, Chamundi Hills is home to more than 150 species of birds belonging to 44 families and some are endemic while others are migratory due to habitat suitability.