202 Bird Species Spotted In 68 Wetlands Of State | Patna News


PATNA: Altogether 202 bird species with a population count of 45,173 were recorded at 68 different water bodies in Bihar, as per the first Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted across the state in February this year. The two-week exercise of counting the varieties of local and migratory water birds was done by the department of forests, environment and climate change (DFECC), with technical support from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), a bird conservation network, and Wetlands International, a global organisation that annually conducts the Asiatic Waterbird Census.
The census report showed that 80 of the 202 species are water birds spotted in wetlands while 21 were water associated species and 101 land bird species. Total 335 enumerators were deployed for the task.
DFECC principal secretary Dipak Kumar Singh told TOI that the census report has created the baseline for Bihar. “The second survey, likely to be conducted by February-March next year, will help us evaluate whether the population of birds in Bihar has increased or decreased. We will be able to compare the reports and take measures for their conservation, safe and suitable habitat for nesting and successful breeding of birds,” he said.





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