Sunderbans home to one third of India’s bird species | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The house of the royal Bengal tiger can be the abode of 1 third of species of birds discovered within the nation, in accordance with Birds of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, a latest examine printed by the Zoological Survey of India.
Based on the examine, out of the 1,332 species of birds discovered within the nation, 428 species are in Sunderbans which can be a Ramsar Web site. The publication incorporates pictures of all of the species and the pockets they’re prone to be present in.

It states that 9 out of the 12 species of kingfishers are discovered within the Sunderbans. The Sunder bans mangrove forest, which is among the largest such forest on the earth, can be an vital habitat for goliath heron and spoon billed sandpiper. The elusive masked finfoot will also be noticed right here.
The publication has been put collectively by Kailash Chandra, director of ZSI, Gopinathan Maheshwaran from the fowl part of the ZSI and Amitava Majumder, a analysis affiliate with ZSI.
“This survey is part of the continual examine of the avifauna of Sunderbans. We now have additionally sourced inputs from forest division officers, bird-watchers, native folks and even vacationers,” stated Kailash Chandra, the director of ZSI.
Sunderbans has all the time been recognized for its water birds and water dependant birds however the brand new findings spotlight how Sunderbans is a treasure trove of pure assets and numerous fauna and flora.
There have been surveys on the presence of birds within the mangroves even earlier, however that is the primary time a examine has confirmed that Sunderbans can be dwelling to nation’s one third species of birds other than being the house of the Bengal tiger.
“There are some species that are discovered solely in Sunderbans just like the buffy fish owl. It’s present in different south east Asian nations however in India, its house is in Sunderbans. 9 species of kingfishers are discovered within the mangroves. Virtually one third of all of the species of birds within the nation are present in Sunderbans,” stated Chandra. “This examine will be of curiosity to birdwatchers to college students and even forest fans.”
Scientists who’ve compiled the examine stated there may be some “uncertain species” however even with an error margin of 5 p.c, Sunderbans stays dwelling to most species of birds.

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