Himachal sets up first bird ringing station

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A bird ringing campfile Photo: M.Karunakaran
A bird ringing campfile Photo: M.Karunakaran

A bird ringing station, where a ring will be put on birds’ legs to study their migration pattern in the western Himalayas, has been set up by the state wildlife wing in the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in the Kullu Valley, officials said here Sunday.

The ringing station, first of its kind in Himachal Pradesh, has been opened at Sairopa, located on the outskirts of the national park. Assistant conservator Satpal Dhiman said the station has so far put metallic rings on 260 birds of different species. “Each bird has been given a unique number and Bombay Natural History Society stamp,” he said.

One of the richest bio-diversity sites, the Great Himalayan National Park is home to the elusive and critically endangered western tragopan, along with four other spectacular pheasants, the snow leopard and the mighty Himalayan brown bear.

“The ringing centre will help attracting bird watchers and ringers from western countries besides providing an excellent communication and knowledge transfer platform between the state and international species and conservation experts,” said the official.

A large number of birds, including the Himalayan griffon vulture, the lammergeier, the golden eagle, the Eurasian woodcock, the solitary snipe, the wood pigeon, the snow pigeon, the slaty-headed parakeet, the collared owlet and the rock eagle owl, can be spotted flitting throughout the GHNP.

The GHNP is one of the only two national parks in the world with a population of the brilliantly plumaged western tragopan.

Another endangered pheasant, the cheer, is also found here.IANS



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