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Count shows migratory birds take a liking to southern districts

TIRUNELVELI: Migratory birds find southern districts of the state cordial as per a bird count undertaken by the forest department on Sunday. 

Their numbers have steadily increased in
Tirunelveli forest circle consisting of Tirunelveli,Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts. Forest authorities are now planning to start a six-month study on migratory birds. The study, conducted every fourth Sunday of the month, will be held mostly at village tanks that host the winged visitors. The second leg of the circle-level bird monitoring undertaken in the region found nearly 15,000 migratory birds of 40 species. The first round of monitoring was carried out on November 24 in more than 25 water bodies of the three districts. On Sunday, the monitoring was carried out in 11 water bodies all over Tirunelveli district. 

Important water birds spotted were spot-billed pelicans, bar-headed geese, little grebe, Indian spot-billed duck, comb duck, Asian openbill stork, painted stork, pheasant-tailed jacana, terns, egrets, herons, ibis, cormorants, moorhens etc. 

Rakesh Kumar Dogra, conservator of forest (Tirunelveli circle), said data on socio-economic parameters from the nearest villages was also collected during the bird count. "We are taking efforts to involve neighbouring villages in the monitoring exercise from the next round," Dogra stated.

The Times of India (26-12-2013)