Mon,08 May 2017
LUCKNOW: It is good news for bird lovers. A recent report shows that one of the state's lesser known sanctuaries played host to a large number of the rarest birds of the world.Suheldev Wildlife Sanctuary in Balrampur district has emerged as a dark horse. It was found to be home to around 300 bird species in the first ever avifaunal study in the area.
Avifaunal means the study of birds and their environment. In this case, the results have been exemplary. The period of the study was 2014-15.A rare raptor and a native to South Africa, the Amur Falcon visited the sanctuary every year from 2014 to 2016 at the onset of winter While the study itself recorded its presence in 2014-15 as a first-of-its-kind event, in 2016, officials at the sanctuary confirmed that the rare bird visited.The Amur Falcon usually flies to Nagaland, and is also found in Bangalore.Of the 300 species spotted, more than 150 were rare birds, says the study team from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), funded by the forest department.As many as 26 of these are near-threatened species.