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Search for the threatened Finn’s weaver begins in Uttarakhand

The threatened Finn’s weaver bird (Ploceus megarhynchus) also known as “peeli baya” among the locals is being searched in Uttarakhand. The Forest Department along with the Wildlife Institute of India has started a 6 months campaign to search yellow baya’s whereabouts in Uttarakhand.

Finn’s baya that resides in the Tarai areas of Assam, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh was first discovered in Uttarakhand around 1950’s. Decades later in 2010, the news of spotting Finn’s Baya at Haldwani spread like haywire but sadly it wasn’t confirmed.

Hunt for the threatened Finn’s weaver begins in Uttarakhand

Src: Male Finn’s Weaver Bird

Forest Department & WII to begin their search operation for Finn’s weaver in Uttarakhand

Now the Forest Department and Wildlife Institute of India has made a pact to hunt for yellow baya in Uttarakhand. According to Suresh Kumar, Scientist at Wildlife Institute, “April-September is the breeding period of Finn’ baya. Therefore in these six months, we have to find the bird and its breeding process”.

Hunt for the threatened Finn’s weaver begins in Uttarakhand

Src: Finn’s Weaver Bird

Uttarakhand may have a better future if  Yellow weaver’s breeding grounds are found in the state

Back in the agro days, yellow weaver was found in the Tarai areas of Uttarakhand, with their nests woven on the lofty trees near the farmlands but as industrialization paved its way into the Tarai region, the tiny bird left their nests and haven’t been spotted yet. However, the scientists believe that if Yellow Weaver will be found in Uttarakhand, it may help in creating a balanced environment and the climatic conditions may also improve.

Src: Hindustan

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