Reported by Ranjan Rath
Koraput, Jan 17:
The number of migratory birds is on the rise in several water bodies in Odisha’s Koraput district this year.
Taking note of the number of the migratory birds, the Forest department, for the first time, had recently conducted a bird census in the Kolab reservoir in Jeypore, Baunsa Pokhari in Damanjodi and the Bagra reservoir in Potagada areas of the district.
Talking to OST, Koraput Range officer Subash Chandra Khuntia said a total of 1442 migratory birds of 18 species have been found in these three reservoirs this year which include 420 Siberian Whistlers, 266 Ruddy Shelducks, 220 Northern Fentons, 168 Little Egrets, 150 Lessar Whistlings, 60 Brown Flickers and 34 Cattle Egrets.
“These migratory birds leaving their habitat in the Siberian area due to intense cold, have found the climate of Koraput ideal for them,” said Bijay Panda, DFO of Koraput.