TNN | Jan 25, 2018, 04:00 IST
Rajkot: The count of migratory birds done by forest department in Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary, about 10km from Jamnagar city, has revealed that 91,261 birds of 193 species visited the sanctuary in this season. The count was done on January 20 and January 21.
During the previous count, in 2012, the bird count was around 40,000, while in last year's census only 27,400 birds of 262 species were found at Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. However, forest officials said that the 2017 bird count was not done scientifically. Hence, the count was done this year again. According to an official release by the forest department, species like great crested grebe, black-necked stork, little grebe, rosy pelican, dalmatian pelican, large and little cormorant painted stork, flamingos, common crane, demoiselle crane, glossy eyes, etc, visited the sanctuary spread across 6 hectare between October 2017 and January 2018.