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BIRDS AS ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION INDICATORS: ETHNOORNITHOLOGY OF KADAR TRIBAL COMMUNITY OF KERALA Dr.Dilip K.G.

Associate Professor & Head Department of Sociology Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, Ernakulam 683574 Abstract In this ethno-ornithological paper, an attempt is made to describe and analyze the relationship of indigenous people with the birds and environment. The life of the indigenous people is intrinsically intertwined with the environment and this biological relationship is not only a strategy and philosophy for survival but also a key to the environmental conservation and inclusive growth. Different species of birds - like the Hornbill - as identified, named and described by the Kadar tribal community of Kerala, India is explained and suggests how the Indigenous knowledge systems in conjunction with current knowledge systems can be put into operation for conservation activities to revamp the resource base of tribal and other communities. Keywords: Kadar, Ethno-ornithology, Hornbill, Indegenous knowledge, Environmental conservation, Inclusive growth