The 2-day annual synchronised chook census carried out at Level Calimere Chook and Wildlife Sanctuary in Nagapattinam district recorded 79 species of water birds and 39 of terrestrial selection inside the sprawling premises. The water birds totalled 54, 647 and the land birds 2,153.
The Forest Division compiled the census carried out on the sanctuary, a protected space unfold over 21 sq. km. The synchronised census was concurrently accomplished on the chook sanctuaries in Level Calimere, Vaduvoor, Udhayamarthandapuram and Karaivatti. Barring Karaivatti sanctuary, which falls underneath Tiruchi Forest Circle, the remaining three come underneath Thanjavur Circle.
The census was carried out by field-level Forest officers and chook lovers, specialists in identification of chook species, ornithologists, college students and volunteers engaged for the aim. The train wouldn’t solely present insights into bothspecies but in addition their migratory sample and nesting behaviour, mentioned S. Ramasubramanian, Conservator of Forests, Thanjavur Circle.
Previous to finishing up the detailed train, the individuals had been educated on the methodology to be adopted to hold out the census which was performed within the morning and within the night, Mr. Ramasubramanian mentioned.
These conducting the census had been cut up into groups and entrusted with designated areas inside the huge sanctuary to make sure that there was no duplication in rely.
Water chook species recorded at Level Calimere included Little Stint, Black Headed Gul, Pied Kingfisher, White breasted Waterhen, Larger Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Black-bellied tern, Lesser Crested tern, Eurasian Curlew, Black headed Ibis, Slender Billed Gull, Purple Heron, Garganey, River Tern, Kentish Plover and Eurasian spoonbill.
Land chook species recorded included Brahminy Kite, Black drango, Indian blue robin, Black Kite, Gray Fracolin, Rosy Starling, Purple rumped sunbird, small bee eater, Eurasian-collared Dove, Ashy drongo and White-eyed buzzard, he added.