Tamil Nadu

13,000 birds visited Ramnad sanctuaries

The district might have been branded as “water-starved” when compared to other districts in the south, but it continues to be the most preferred destination for the terrestrial and migratory birds as more than 13,000 birds visited the bird sanctuaries here during January-March.

The relatively good northeast monsoon last year had brought copious inflow to Therthangal, Sakkarakottai, Kanjirankulam and Chitrajgudi bird sanctuaries, which attracted 30 species of birds, including a good number of migratory birds, according to the ‘Mid-winter water bird census – 2015.’

Compilation of the date collected in the two-day census carried out on January 31 and March 7 by the forest department as part of ‘All Tamil Nadu bird census’ revealed that Therthangal bird sanctuary on Nainarkoil Road near here attracted the largest number of 5,449 birds belonging to 27 species.

S. Ganeshalingam, Forest Range Officer, said except Melaselvanoor and Keelaselvanoor bird sanctuary, which did not get sufficient water, all sanctuaries saw the arrival of a good number of birds. Egrets, Little Cormorants, Asian Openbill Stork, Oriental White Ibis, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Black-crowned Night Heron, Painted Stork, Glossy Ibis, Purple Moorhen, Common Moorhen, Common Coot, Red-wattled Lapwing, Northern Shoveller and Little Stint topped the list of the winged visitors, he noted.

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