Established in 1982, Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an internationally acclaimed Institution, which offers training program, academic courses and advisory in wildlife research and management. The Institute is actively engaged in research across the breadth of the country on biodiversity related issues.
The Institute's idyllic campus that has been carefully developed to create state of the art infrastructure encourages scholarly work.
Elevational species replacement, the replacement of closely related species along an elevational gradient, is one of the most widely documented but least understood ecological patterns. Our current understanding is mostly based on attempting to explain patterns across communities. The objective of the research that Sahas Barve (M.Sc. WII; Ph.D. student Cornell University) and I are undertaking is to identify the mechanisms that create this pattern. We combine year-round studies of populations with experiments to test the importance of interspecific competition, predation and blood physiology in limiting species distributions of a group of closely related resident cavity-nesting species belonging to the family of the titmice (Paridae).The campus of the Wildlife Institute of India is one of the study sites where we can study a low-elevation great tit population in the absence of other tit species. We placed 50 nest boxes on campus and use these to study great tit reproduction. In April 2014 we colour banded all males and most females and were able to determine the use of the campus and its nest boxes. Most of the pairs identified, use a nest box for breeding.