Kudankulam Bird Count: 24,000 birds belonging to 137 species spotted | Chennai News

TIRUNELVELI: As many as 23,921 birds belonging to 137 species have been noticed within the fifth annual Kudankulam Fowl Rely (KKBC) performed by The Pelican Nature Membership of Kudankulam Nuclear Energy Venture (KKNPP) on Sunday.
Forty 9 chicken lovers participated within the one-day rely protecting 25 birding spots in a 50km radius of Kudankulam. The outcomes for the rely have been launched on Thursday.
Brown flycatcher, crested serpent eagle, oriental magpie robin, blue-throated flycatcher, orange-headed thrush, black-headed cuckooshrike, chestnut-bellied sandgrouse and Loten’s sunbird have been the eight species that have been newly sighted this yr. This takes the entire variety of species sighted within the rely through the years to 159.
The top rely of birds that was 29,561 in 2020 dropped by 5,640 primarily as a result of the inhabitants received diluted to adjoining spots because of the copious rain within the area in January. Nevertheless, the 137 species noticed this time is the very best. The earlier highest was 136 in 2019. A complete of 123 species have been noticed final yr.
Painted stork (4,051), spot-billed pelican (4,044), bar-headed goose (3147), little cormorant (1,496), cattle egret (1,344), garganey (1,146), barn swallow (927), lesser whistling-duck (756), shiny ibis (643) and blue-tailed bee-eater (584) have been the highest 10 species noticed when it comes to headcount this yr.
A few of the uncommon birds seen have been oriental darter, wooly-necked stork, darter, alpine swift and baya weaver. Manakudy, Puthalam, Swamithope, Suchindaram, Rajakkamangalam, Koonthakulam, Kadankulam, Nanguneri, Anuvijay Township of KKNPP and KKNPP have been the principle spots coated within the rely, primarily in Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts.
As many as 88 species have been sighted within the Anuvijay Township. The species sighted within the KKNPP web site embrace over 400 barn swallows, a winter migrant from the Himalayas, and over 200 crested terns, one other winter migrant from the Palearctic area. A only a few rosy starlings, a winter migrant, have been noticed within the final two counts. Brown shrike, migrant from Siberia, was additionally noticed in KKNPP web site and within the township.
The birding occasion as part of NPCIL’s nature conservation initiatives was performed underneath the steering of Dr S Balachandran, deputy director of Bombay Pure Historical past Society. KKNPP web site director Rajeev Manohar Godbole who flagged off the rely on Sunday mentioned that the chicken rely gave “a possibility to know the ecosystem, primarily the birdlife, round us and enormously assist in finishing up conservation of nature.”
Based mostly on the findings of previous research, KKNPP has developed a pair of mudflats at Anuvijay Yownship to supply a protected foraging and resting habitats for migratory and resident water birds. KKNPP can also be rising mangrove patches, a essential habitat for marine organisms and coastal birds, the positioning director added.

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