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.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Open-billed storks flock to Raiganj

Updated: January 2, 2015 10:10 IST 

SHIV SAHAY SINGH

The bird sanctuary there attracted almost 47,000 storks in last six months of 2014
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The Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal’s Uttar Dinajpur district, which attracted a record 68,000 birds in 2014, has the most Asian open-billed storks in the country.
As per records available with the Divisional Forest Officer, Raiganj, the bird sanctuary recorded about 46,842 open-billed storks between June and December 2014. “The number has increased by 7,000 over the past two years from about 39,000 in 2012-13 to over 46,000 in 2014-15,” Diparna Kumar Dutta, DFO, Raiganj told The Hindu.

“The wildlife sanctuary at Raiganj is the only place in the country where you can find open-billed stork birds in such a high concentration. It has turned into an important habitat for them and steps should be taken to preserve it,” Gopinathan Maheswaran, scientist at the Zoological Survey of India and officer-in-charge of the institute’s bird section told The Hindu.

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