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.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Flying home to Balrampur: Sanctuaries play host to rare birds

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. 

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