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Bird survey at Palamu Tiger Reserve throws up two new species

DALTONGANJ: The three-day bird survey, which concluded on Wednesday, threw up quite a few surprises for the officials of Palamu Tiger Reserve(PTR). Led by veteran ornithologist Prof S Subramaniya of Kerala and Satya Prakash of Hazaribag, the team toured the Maoist-affected tiger reserve throwing caution to the wind.

This was the first-ever survey of its kind to be conducted in PTR. Neha Sinha, advocacy officer with 
Bombay Natural History Society, Prabhat Thakur, S Subramaniya, Raju Kasamde and Satya Prakash were part of the team that conducted the survey.

"Direct sighting method was adopted for the survey. The voices of the birds were recorded on bird voice recorder," said Raju, also the project manager of the Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN). He was all praise for the habitat in PTR. "The reserve is quite well-maintained and is conducive for the growth of birds," he added.

Anil K Mishra, DFO (buffer area), said: "The next 
bird survey will be done using the transact method wherein more bird watchers will be put on job such that not a single bird is missed out."

''A River Lapwing was sighted during the survey. It is a new arrival here," said Raju. That is not all, the bird survey team was clearly overjoyed to find another beautiful bird called Rosy Minivet. The survey report will be sent to Bombay Natural History Society. A drive to prepare a network exclusively for birds is on throughout the country. IBCN has been set up to serve the same purpose.

The River Lapwing (Vanellus duvaucelii) is a lapwing species, which breeds from the Indian Subcontinent eastwards to southeast Asia. Its range includes much of northern and northeastern India, stretching towards Myanmar, to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Rosy Minivet (Pericrocotus roseus) is a species of bird in the Campephagidae family. It is found in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Vietnam. In India, it is found in the Himalayas from west to east to Arunachal Pradesh and the hills of Nagaland and Manipur.

The Times of India (27-12-2013)