As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Rare Falcons slaughtered in Nagaland?

Rare migratory birds Amur Falcon are being massacred in Nagaland. Large number of these winged guests migrate through the Doyang reservoir in Wokha district of the State between October-November, from Siberia en route their final destination of Somalia, Kenya and South Africa.

During their rest stop in Nagaland, they are killed by the local hunters for their meat or for their live sale. The issue was brought up in the recent meeting of National Board For Wildlife (NBWL) to draw the attention of Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan.

“This visiting congregation of Amur Falcons that fly through Nagaland is the single largest recorded anywhere in the world”, said Dr. Asad Rahmani, noted ornithologist and member of standing committee NBWL and it is sad that they meet with such a fate. Also, it is because of such brutal seasonal hunting sprees, of the migratory birds the Siberian Crane is now locally extinct in India. They are killed on their way to India in other countries, he noted.

Doyang is a rockfill dam and hydroelectric plant on the Doyang River, a tributary of Brahmaputra, run by the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) is about 30 km from Wokha town in Nagaland.  These visiting birds spend the day on the transmission wires, branching out of the power project and  then descend to forested patches along the banks of the reservoir for roosting.

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