Single-day census indicates 204 bird species in Mysuru region

Birders collected information from 133 places in 3 districts; 55 non-resident birds stored their annual tryst with the world

In all, 204 hen species have been recorded in Mysuru-Mandya-Chamarajanagar belt throughout the single-day winter hen monitoring programme for 2020-21 held in January this yr.

The birders collected information from 133 places within the 3 districts and the 204 hen species included 55 non-resident birds that stored their annual tryst with the area.

That is reckoned to be the longest working voluntary initiative in hen census within the State, if not within the nation, and is in vogue for the reason that Nineteen Nineties.

A. Shivaprakash, who’s related to the hen census since its inception in 1987, stated 32,304 birds have been counted throughout this yr’s train.

The volunteers used to conduct the hen rely train unfold over weeks until latest years however this was deserted in favour of a single-day simultaneous rely to supply a extra strong information devoid of duplication of counts.

Mr. Shivaprakash stated most particular person species seen at anyone location was the Bar-headed Goose (1,100) adopted by Rosy Starling (1,000), Shiny Ibis (500), Spot-billed Pelican (468), and Openbill Stork, the final two being breeding inhabitants within the Ranganathittu hen sanctuary.

The utmost variety of birds recorded was at Karigala (1,861) on the H.D. Kote Highway, adopted by Kabini (1,478), Irasavadi (958) close to Yellandur, Gumballi (914) additionally in Yellandur and Markalu (839).

In all, 70 birders took half masking totally different routes concurrently whereas 3 routes have been lined later after the single-day hen rely.

Fascinating sightings included Ashy Wooden Swallow, Malabar Lark, Eurasian Wryneck, Puff-throated Babbler, Rock Eagle-owl, Yellow-throated Bulbul, and Yellow-throated Sparrow.

However a comparability with the sooner mid-winter fowl train signifies that the winter migratory geese noticed in your entire survey over time was at an all-time low. Whereas 869 Garganey, 635 Northern Pintail and 236 Northern Shoveler have been sighted, there was a rise within the inhabitants of Eurasian Wigeon (633). The decline within the rely of Garganey Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveler was additionally attributed to the final decline of their inhabitants. Additionally, the habitats within the northern States may help the present inhabitants and therefore the birds needn’t must fly all the way in which right down to the south, Mr. Shivaprakash stated.

Information evaluation additionally indicated that the utmost hen rely in your entire survey was that of Bar-headed Goose (1,925) adopted by Barn Swallor (1,344), Cattle Egret (1,220), Rosy Starling (1,178) and Lesser Whistling Duck (1,074).

Whereas the Bar-headed Goose tends to reach late – its migration commences from Monglian areas and flies throughout the Himalayas to its roosting place within the Mysuru area – additionally it is the primary to depart. The reverse migration of the birds is anticipated to peak throughout the finish of March.

Throughout 2020, 24,107 birds accounting for 202 species have been counted whereas in 2019, 45,986 birds from 218 species have been counted throughout the singe-day hen census.

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