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Population of birds declines in Odisha’s Bhitarkanika

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Kendrapara: The number of birds has declined in Bhitarkanika sanctuary in Odisha’s Kendrapara district this year.

As per bird census that was carried out yesterday, total 1,09,059 birds of 74 species were spotted at the sanctuary this year as compared to 1,12,937 last year.

Hence, the bird population dropped by 3,878 this year against the previous year 2018, the bird census report revealed.

Meanwhile, the number of migratory birds at Chilika Lake, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia, has increased this year.

As per the census that concluded on Jan 4, the lake has recorded total 10, 47,968 winged guests of 181 species this year as against 8, 93,390 registered last year.

Similarly, the Nalabana sanctuary of Chilika has also registered an increase in the bird count this year. Total 3, 93,541 birds were spotted in the sanctuary this year as against last year’s count of 3, 20,826 birds.

Notably, the annual bird census at Nandankanan, Similpal and other forest divisions had begun from January 3. The bird counting at Chilika Lake was held from January 4. The same was carried out at Bhitarkanika and Hirakud from January 6.

Besides, the dolphin census will begin in Chilika lake on January 19. The counting will take place at around 65 km coastal area from the Devi Mouth of Chilika.