Migratory birds at Chilika increase, rare species sighted
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 20:16
Berhampur: Chilika, the biggest waterfowl habitat in the country, has seen an increase in the number of winged visitors this winter and rare White Tailed Sea Eagle, a migratory bird, was sighted almost after a decade.

Among the visitors were Gadwalls, Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveller.

The number of migratory birds this year at the 1,100sq km brackish water lagoon was 9.24 lakh in comparison to 8.05 lakh last year, the sources said.

The annual survey conducted by the wildlife division of the forest department said that of the 9.24 lakh birds, 5.08 lakh took shelter at Nalbana, a bird sanctuary within the lagoon.

Although the number of birds at the lagoon increased, their number at the 15.59 sq km Nalbabana sanctuary declined slightly to 5.08 lakh. Last year, their number was 5.12 lakh. Of 210 species, 144 were migratory and 66 residential, the sources said.

More birds visited the lake this time as the water level of Chilika and the habitat condition was better, Divisional Forest Officer, Chilika Wildlife Division, B P Acharya said.


First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 20:16

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