Uttarakhand News

17 New Bird Species of 5 indigenous to Western Countries spotted in U’khand

There’s a lot in store for the shutterbugs this year as 17 new bird species including 5 found in Europe, China and South East region have been traced in Uttarakhand in the past few years. Consequently, the number of bird varieties has increased from 693 in 2014 to 710 at present, thereby making your birding quest possible in Uttarakhand. The experts told that this is just the beginning of the three-day ‘Fourth Spring Bird Festival’ at the Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary, near Haldwani, yesterday.

The three day of the ‘Fourth Spring Bird Festival’ at the Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary became a huge hit

“Over 60 birdwatchers from across the country and 200 schoolchildren took part in the three-day festival on Saturday. The festival will have special training programmes on nature guide and knowing habits of various types of birds for local youths,” said CS Sanwal, Director of the Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Monal NGO organized a 10 day long festival held in Madkot Valley in Pithoragarh

Many avid bird watchers thronged the Madkot valley, near Gori River on the fourth day of the 10-day bird watching camp organized by an NGO, Monal to admire the beauty of varied Himalayan birds. Surendra Panwar, president of Monal NGO said, “The birds— Rupas Shivia, Golden Bush Robin, Bar Throated Shiva, Whistling Thrush, Tree Pie and Caped Red Star—reside in small groups and feed locally as the region is rich in biodiversity”.

According to the reports of the forest division many rare varieties of birds exist in abundance in Pithoragarh. “We have over 300 varieties of Himalayan birds in the ranges of Thakedar, Bram, Kanar and Munsiyari, besides some varieties such as Lawang bird that has only been seen in the Munsiyari region till date,” said Dr Vinay Bhargav, DFO, Pithoragarh forest division. This is indeed a great news for the professional bird photographers and birding enthusiasts to visit Uttarakhand.