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'Warm' winters force early return of migratory birds

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Lucknow/Mirzapur, Feb 23 (UNI) The unusually warm weather conditions in February have forced several thousand migratory birds to fly back early.

Lack of food and water is said to be the main reason behind their early return, wildlife experts said.

Lucknow Zoological Park director Eva Sharma told UNI here since there was no rain this winter, the winged guests were increasingly finding it difficult to access food and water around their habitat.

''Most of the birds get their food from nearby ponds and lakes.

The lack of winter, rain have shrunk water bodies, forcing them to migrate'' she observed.

Park Veternary Doctor Utkarsh Shukla said the high temperature was another reason for migratory birds to return early. He said the birds were not used to such high temperature.

The Kaimur wildlife and bird sanctuary spread across Mirzapur and Sonebhadra districts too was facing a similar situation.

The birds have started migration with temperatures keeping high.

The birds, who arrive at Kaimur hills in October, generally stay back till March 15. This year they have cut short their stay, Mirzapur district wildlife officer N Ravindra said.

Local birds have started taking up places vacated by migratory birds, Ravindra said adding the hilly areas in summers are favourite nesting ground for local birds.

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