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.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Several bird species missing

February 28, 2016,Mumbai, DHNS

 Diminishing habitats and disappearing greenery may be spelling doom for bird species in India’s urban areas, but Mumbai Bird Race 2016 provided a chilling reminder of the extent of the dangers birds face.

The total number of birds found during the Race conducted on February 14 was 212, the lowest since the Race began. Veteran ornithologist and naturalist Sunjoy Monga, who tallied the numbers, said arriving at 212 itself was not without considerable effort.

The 250 participants, split into 52 teams and a special team of 27 fanned across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region from Kalyan - Murbad to the lower reaches of the Sahyadri hills in the east along the Karjat - Murbad - Malshej stretch, were delighted to sight “rarities”. 

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