Tiger haven Bandipur home to 289 bird species: Census | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Aside from massive cats, Bandipur Tiger Reserve is house to winged beauties too. A current chicken census revealed 289 species of birds, together with uncommon ones like Bonelli’s eagle and Nice hornbill, are discovered right here.

The census was a part of a birdwatching camp held between February 5 and seven and noticed 81 volunteers take part. It’s the primary time {that a} chicken census of this scale was organised within the tiger reserve, which is unfold over 1,020 sqkm. Whereas the digital camera trap-based wildlife census is an annual train right here, chicken census was held after a niche of twenty-two years.
Many birds, together with these on the verge of extinction like Bar-headed goose, Crested Treeswift, Northern pintail, Temminck’s stint, Bonelli’s eagle, Stork-billed kingfisher, Black-naped monarch, Verditer flycatcher and Lesser yellow-naped woodpecker, have been noticed in Bandipur. Nice Hornbill was sighted for the primary time within the reserve.
Forest officers mentioned Lesser fish eagle and Tawny-bellied babbler have been additionally seen within the reserve. SR Natesha, conservator of forests and discipline director, Challenge Tiger, Bandipur, Gundlupet taluk mentioned, these two species weren’t within the state’s checklist of birds. It’s for the primary time they’ve been seen within the state. “We can be classifying home and migratory birds within the reserve and publish them quickly,” he mentioned.
Sources mentioned, “The choice to not permit automobiles in Bandipur Tiger Reserve has clearly benefited avian inhabitants too.”

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