Goa`s smallest wildlife sanctuary rich with avian guests

Goa`s smallest wildlife sanctuary is becoming a big attraction for migratory birds besides being home to over 100 winged species.

Updated: Sep 04, 2010, 11:30 AM IST

Panaji: Goa`s smallest wildlife sanctuary
is becoming a big attraction for migratory birds besides being
home to over 100 winged species.

A survey at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary has revealed
that the reserve, spread over 8 sq km, hosts 115 bird species,
including those who migrate here from far off places.

Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN), an initiative
of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), conducted the survey
at the protected forest land, 40 km from here, last month in
collaboration with the state Forest Department.

"The count, which revealed presence of 115 species,
included migratory birds like black mapped oriole, greenish
warbler and forest wag tail," Parag Rangnekar, an IBCN
volunteer, said.

The sanctuary also houses a mini zoo, which is being
renovated at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

Volunteers have noted an increase in the presence of
grey jungle fowl, threatened by hunting for food and habitat
loss.

Rangnekar said IBCN had taken up the survey for the
first time in Goa to "ascertain the exact number of bird
species and their trend in the state`s wild".

Volunteers will regularly collect data over the years
to keep a track of varieties and change in patterns, he said.

PTI