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.

Sunday 23 December 2018

Manipur: Critically endangered bird sighted for the 1st time in 92 years!

by TNT BUREAU - 1 week ago in
IMPHAL, Dec 9, 2018
A critically endangered migratory bird – the yellow-breasted bunting (Emberiza aureola) that feeds on grains – was sighted for the first time after 92 years in Manipur last month, RK Birjit Singh, the wildlife warden of Bishnupur district, said.
The same was reported by Sobhapati Samom in an article in The Assam Tribune. The bird was last sighted here last in 1926, as per British ornithologist Stuart Baker’s records. The bird locally known as Lam-Sendrang (local meaning wild sparrow) was sighted at the proposed area of Thinungei Bird Sanctuary in Bishnupur district on November 28 last, Singh told The Assam Tribune.
There were reports of sighting the species at Thongjaorok river that flows into the Loktak lake, in the first week of November last year but there was no photographic record, said Singh, who is also the State coordinator of the Indian Bird Conservation Network.
The size of a common sparrow, the yellow-breasted bunting breeds in north-eastern Europe and across northern Asia. It spends the winter in large flocks in wetlands or tall grasslands, preferring to roost near streams that irrigate rice-fields with tall grasses in south-east Asia, India and southern China.

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