Migratory birds arrive at Bhitarkanika Park

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Kendrapada, Nov 8 (UNI) With the onset of winter, migratory birds have started arriving at the Bhitarkanika National Park for breeding and nestings.

Bagagahan, the abode of avian species in Bhitarkanika National Park, spreading over an area of 8.1 hectares, has been filled with the cacophony of the avian guests.

Forest officials said the shore bird species like sand piper, plover, ducks, goose, heron, cormorants, spoon bill, egrate, have thronged and started nesting on the branches of mangroves trees in the dense of Barunei Muhana ,Chataka, Praharajpur,Bagagahan and Raitapatia.

Every year during October, several species of winter migratory as well as residential birds throng the Bhitarkanika park as it provides a congenial atmosphere for them to settle down for breeding and nesting .

About 1.26 lakh of avian species, including winter migratory and residential birds, were sighted by the forest department in the 2006 annual bird census.

They included some rare and endangered bird species already listed in the Red Data book of International Union Conservation (IUCN), Rajnagar Divisional Forest Officer A K Jena said.

Rare and endangered bird species like Indian Skimmer, Pied Avocet and Bar-headed Geese were spotted during the bird census.As many as 200 Avocet, a winter migratory bird species from Siberia were sighted near Raipatia by the forest department during the last census.

Similarly, a flock of over 600 Bar Headed Geese from Ladakh, were also sighted besides a horde of 120 Indian Skimmers by the forest officials.

The dense mangrove vegetation and its serene pollution free atmosphere have once again proved alluring attractions for thousands of residential and migratory winged visitors.

Sources said the highly productive ecosystem inside the park provides enough fish, prawn,frogs and molluscan diet to the thousands of breeding birds and their chick.

UNI

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