Migratory birds at Chilika increase, rare species sighted

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.

PTI



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

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