Sunday, March 06, 2016
Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Berhampur: A very rare species of Vulture, which is on the verge of extinction, The Egyptian Vulture was sighted this morning in Ganjam District of Odisha. Dr Jyoti Prasad Pattnaik, founder of Berhampur Birds, a self-trained bird enthusiast sighted this rare bird in the area of Bhetanai, while he was recording the movements of the endangered blackbucks in the region. It was a chance sighting and he was thrilled to witness a small group of about 4 such birds atop a small hill near the Banabila village.
While the bird was sighted and he immediately came to know that it was a vultures the locals informed that they have not seen a vulture for ages and that these birds may be a kind of Kites which are common in this region.
Number of vultures are going down day by day due to the use of pain killer drug Diclofenac in sick animals and these birds which survive on the carcases of the dead sick animals succumb to the ill effects of the drug.
This discovery of the bird ensures a healthy bio-habitat for such birds and there may be many more such birds in the region, which Dr Pattnaik informed, he would go back again to the place to discover.