Endemic Bird Day on May 13

May 08, 2017 12:00 am | Updated 04:00 am IST - SALEM

The third edition of the Endemic Bird Day (EBD), an annual event to document as many species in a defined area in 24 hours, will be held on May 13 here.

Founder of United Salem for Bird Life, S.V. Ganeshwar, said that with most of the winter migrants back in their breeding grounds, the resident birds in the district need to be documented. He said that Salem had 66 South Asian endemic bird species including the 14 Indian endemics. Many of them were common and widespread such as the Purple-rumped Sunbird while others were rare and restricted such as the Yellow-throated Bulbul.

From any location, people can watch birds for at least 15 minutes and upload their bird lists to eBird (www.ebird.org/india). The bird lists gathered during the EBD would give an annual snapshot of the distribution and breeding of these species. In addition, the EBD falls on the same date as the Global Big Day, where birders all over the world will be out documenting their sightings. In Salem, it is coordinated by United Salem for Bird Life and Bird Count India. For details, contact: 95979-24731.

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