Indian bird reserve

This is a video about the blue-tailed bee eater.

From the Deccan Herald in India:

A safe haven for a rare bird species

From Kumuda H, DH News Service, Mysore:

Naguvanahalli, perhaps the only breeding site for the Blue-tailed Green Bee Eater in Karnataka, would soon be declared as a conservation zone for these birds.

Naguvanahalli, near Ranganathittu, where backwaters of Cauvery and Pashchimavahini meet, is a favourite habitat of these tiny winged-wonders.

This place for long had been facing a threat from poachers, as well as alleged illegal sand mining. However, the long-felt demand to conserve this site has finally taken shape.

The river bed with soft sand is an ideal place for nesting, where they build tunnel-like hole beneath the bed to lay eggs and raise chicks. These farmer-friendly birds come in hordes during breeding season – from January to May.

Wetlands in India: here.

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  1. Death of Okhla Bird Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Abhishek Sharan, Hindustan Times

    New Delhi , July 16, 2009
    First Published: 00:59 IST(16/7/2009)
    Last Updated: 01:01 IST(16/7/2009)

    Between March 2007 and March 2009, the bird population at the fell by around 2,900 birds.

    The dainty Golden Orioles, which are recognised by their yellow body, brown wings and pink beak, are gone. Fewer woodpeckers, the spotted Indian eagle and white-throated kingfishers can be seen.

    The Rs 187-crore Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial and Museum project, spread over 33 hectares of land in Noida, has taken away their habitat.

    A report submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests by a team of experts says completion of the project would sound the death knell for the bird sanctuary, located 14 kms from Connaught Place.

    The team, which inspected the site last Friday, found that the project did not have any mandatory Central environmental clearances.

    The report, of which HT has a copy, establishes that the ongoing construction activities — that began 19 months ago in January 2008 — at the project site have shrunk the sanctuary’s population that is at its maximum between September and March.

    The sanctuary’s bird population showed a 12 per cent decrease in March 2009 when compared to the count for the corresponding month in 2007, says the report.

    Citing data from the work of a team of ornithologists working for the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), the report says bird population here fell from 24,166 in March 2007 to 21,272 in March 2009.

    The birds are gone because their habitat has been destroyed.

    Over 6,000 soft trees — which include species like Subabool (Leucaena leucocephala), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Alstonia scholaris and Dalbergia sissoo — were cut at the project site.
    Local bird watcher and avian researcher Anand Arya said most birds like the Golden Oriole and woodpeckers would make their nests on these trees.

    Arya has been working on the sanctuary’s resident birds since 2001.

    The illumination system and heat and noise generated from the ongoing construction work — on 24X7 according to locals — would also “endanger the existence of the bird sanctuary itself”, says the report.

    “Once the project gets completed, the high degree of illumination will have an adverse impact on the breeding cycle and general behaviour of water birds,” says the report signed by Chief
    Conservator of Forests Azam Zaidi.

    The report further says: “The large scale concrete structures will raise the temperature of the surroundings that may adversely affect the micro-climate along the sanctuary.”


  2. Cracker-free zone – A feature of the Indian festival of Diwali is the ubiquitous use of firecrackers, making it a noisy time for people and wildlife, but not so in the town of Singampunari in Tamil Nadu state, southern India. For three decades, the setting off of fire crackers has been banned so that birds at the nearby Vattangudi Bird Sanctuary are not scared away by all the explosions. This Important Bird Area (IBA) has large breeding colonies of waterbirds including Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans and Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus, as well as being important for large numbers of migratory species.


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