In a bird monitoring survey carried out by ecologist conservationist TK Roy in collaboration with wildlife department,124 species of birds were found at Nangal wildlife sanctuary during bird diversity monitoring and Asian Waterbird Census(AWC) in the area since 2014.

Roy said,“Birdlife diversity survey and monitoring was carried out four times at Nangal between 2014 and 2017 and annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) as well. After the recent bird diversity monitoring 124 diverse species were found.”

He said Nangal wildlife sanctuary, combined with wetland and forests, is a small protected area notified under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 rich in birdlife diversity as recorded with 124 species includes 96 scheduled species under the Act and seven International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) red listed threatened bird species.

He said among 124 species, 71 species were terrestrial birds, resident and migratory, and 53 species were water birds. Total 40 species successfully breed in summer and monsoon. He said a large mixed nesting colony of four water bird species namely Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Blackcrowned Night Heron, Little Cormorant with more than 200 nests on the smaller islands were recorded during this year.

Source: August 01, 2017, Hindustan Times