Rare bird species sighted in wetlands

Many uncommon, unusual and near-threatened water hen species have been sighted within the wetlands within the State through the Asian Waterbird Census – 2021. The depend of migratory birds is sweet in all mudflats, say the wildlife officers.

There are 27 wetlands in Andhra Pradesh, and uncommon species of birds, which haven’t been seen for the previous few years have been observed in Nelapattu, Kolleru and Coringa sanctuaries through the census carried out in January this yr, mentioned Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF-Wildlife) Rahul Pandey.

About 80 groups, together with forest authorities, ornithologists, NGOs and the hen watchers carried out the Asian Waterbird Census within the wetlands, creeks, sanctuaries, mudflats, marshy areas and the hen habitats within the State.

“I visited Kolleru, Nelapattu, Uppalapadu, Coringa and different hen sanctuaries. In Nelapattu, spoon billed storks, which aren’t sighted for greater than twenty years, have been seen nesting with their youthful ones this yr,” mentioned the CCF.

In Kolleru lake, altogether about 3 lakh birds, particularly pelicans, open billed storks, painted storks and different species have been discovered. Some uncommon species have been additionally observed. At Uppalapadu in Guntur district, greater than 25,000 birds have been counted within the census, Mr. Pandey mentioned.

Eluru Divisional Forest Officer (DFO-Wildlife) C. Selvam mentioned as many as 92 hen species have been present in Kolleru, the most important freshwater lake within the nation. In Coringa, 34,207 birds of 102 species have been counted, of which 15 have been globally near-threatened hen species, he mentioned.

“We discovered peregrine falcon, oyster catcher and different unusual waterbirds in Coringa sanctuary, and uncommon species reminiscent of nice knot and Indian skimmer are additionally present in good numbers,” Mr. Selvam mentioned.

In comparison with the earlier census, inhabitants of migratory birds was good in Krishna, Kolleru, Coringa and different sanctuaries. Apart from, kingfishers, egrets, storks, geese, cormorants and different waterbirds have been counted in massive numbers, the DFO mentioned.

Postal covers

The CCF mentioned that posters and particular postal covers can be launched collectively by the Forest Division and the India Publish on protected wetlands – Pulikat, Krishna, Kolleru, Coringa and Nelapattu – on the event of World Wetland Day on Tuesday.

A webinar can be organised on conservation of wetlands, he added.

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