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Monday, 4 January 2016

Rare sighting of six Hornbill birds in Khar

January 4, 2016

Morung Express News
Mokokchung | January 3

In a rare sighting, six Hornbill birds – three pairs – were sighted at Namen Min of Khar village under Mokokchung district today at around 2:30pm by villagers. The Khar Village Council has confirmed that the revered birds, sighted in the forest for the first time in more than three decades, have been roosting in the dense Namen forest for about three weeks now. The Khar Village Council Chairman, Imdong Ao when contacted confirmed the report and added that the village council has served prohibitory orders banning shooting of the birds.

Namen forest is located between Khar Village and Mangkolemba town and is one of the most densely forested regions in the district. According to the village council chairman, the dense Namen forest used to be a natural habitat for Hornbill birds until thirty to forty years ago where a large population of the revered birds stayed. It was initially reported that only three Hornbill birds were sighted in the forest until the 6 were sighted today. The reported rare sighting of the Hornbill has also been confirmed by the ADC Mangkolemba, Wapang Aier and DPRO Mokokchung, Chuba Walling.

Meanwhile, K. Caroline, Wildlife Warden, Dimapur, Nagaland stated that the reported sighting was yet to be confirmed by the department. The Wildlife Warden added that department personnel will be sent out on Monday to make ground observation at the site where the sightings has been reported.

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