Taj City whirrs with cacaphony of migratory birds

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Agra, Dec 12 (UNI) Besides Taj Mahal -- the epitomy of eternal love and passion -- migratory birds have become another centre of attraction both for wildlife lovers and general people alike.

Water scarcity has not only affected human life in Rajasthan, but resulted in the steady decline over the last few years in the number of migratory birds, who have made the Taj City their new 'winter home' this season.

Water shortage at Ghana Wildlife Sanctuary in Bharatpur of Rajasthan is keeping the annual guests at bay.

This year, the migratory birds have switched over to Keetham Wildlife sanctuary here, which is whirring with the cacophony of chirping and presenting sweet melody for the wildlife lovers and general people alike.

Every year, scores of endangered bird species migrate from the beginning of November to February, which are a centre of attraction for bird lovers.

As during winters in Uttar Pradesh early this year, these guests would be able to entertain both local and foreign tourists for a longer period.

Hundreds of species migrate from places as far away as Europe, the northern regions of the Asian sub-continent, including Siberia, to escape the spine-chilling winter. They congregate on the mud flats, providing a spectacular sight.

These birds take 5-20 days to cover the distance of their annual winter home. Cranes cover a distance of almost 500 km a day without any halt.

Experts say the migratory birds follow their own social system and the most experienced always lead the flock during the flight.

This is to teach the baby birds the path and return during subsequent migratory seasons.


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