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Tuesday 22 April 2014

Census of rare Bengal Florican kicks off

Added At: 2014-04-21 12:11 AM

Last Updated At: 2014-04-21 12:11 AM

MAHENDRANAGAR: Nepal Birds’ Association has started counting Bengal Floricans, one of the world’s rare bird species, at Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Kanchanpur.

The counting, which will continue till May 8, began for the second time yesterday. Census of the endangered birds was conducted for the first time at the Reserve last year. 

Apart from Suklaphanta, the rare bird species are available at Chitwan National Park, and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the country. 

Though Bardiya National Park was home to the rare birds in the past, they have not been spotted for the last four years, said a source at Bardiya National Park.

Besides Nepal, Bengal Floricans are also found in India and Cambodia. 

The world has recorded a total of around 1,000 Bengal Floricans. Of which, Nepal hosts around 100.

A team of four technicians have been mobilised to count the Bengal Floricans. Technician Mohan Joshi said the counting will be carried out with binoculars.

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