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.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Vulture species not spotted in 3 years

Sat,06 Jan 2018

Summary: Panaji: Two species of vultures — the long-billed vulture and the white-romped vulture — spotted in the state in the past, have reportedly not been seen for the last three years. "I haven't seen a single vulture in Goa for three years now," said principal chief conservator of forests, Ajay Saxena.Goa used to be a breeding site for the two species of vultures. Goa's bird watching conservation network and other birders, who frequent these sites, also act as a deterrent for anyone looking to harm them, he added. Compared to states like Arunachal Pradesh, where they tend to fly away no sooner they see a human lift a pair of binoculars, birds in Goa continue to throng the state's wetlands without fear, Saxena said. Although the drug is now banned, other medicines, pollution, pesticides and lack of carcasses to feed on are affecting the vulture population.Bombay Natural History Society scientist Dr Vibhu Prakash will deliver a key note address on the conservation of vultures on January 12 at the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.Bird hunting is not common in the state.

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