Greater Flamingo spotted at Bhoj wetland after 9 yrs, claims Ornithologist

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2018 10:00:29



Staff Reporter

On Sunday Bird count programme was organized at Bhoj wet land. One of the major attractions of Bird counting was to sight The Greater Flamingo Bird, which is rare appeared in 16 numbers. Ornithologist said that these birds are visible in Bhoj Tal after nine years. Greater Flamingo is found in large numbers in Gujarat, Maharashtra. The greater flamingo is the most widespread and largest species of the flamingo family. Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ Mohammed Khalique ornithologist and founder of Bhopal Birds claims that it was very rare that this bird is spotted in city like Bhopal. Usually these birds use Madhya Pradesh region as stoppages and prefer salty water near marshes. Last time it was spotted in the year 2009 at Upper Lake but were only two in number and now it’s very much delight to spot greater flamingo in such large numbers .These waders are seen in city basically because it is getting surplus of food and water supply.

Like all flamingos, this species lays a single chalky-white egg on a mud mound. Most of the plumage is pinkish white, but the wing coverts are red and the primary and secondary flight feathers are blackThe programme was organised by Bhopal Birds in collaboration with India Bird Conservation Network and Saras Biodiversity Centre at Bisenkhedi. This programme was organised with main objective of Bird counting. The objective of this program was to count the birds in and around Upper Lake in the rainy season. With pre monsoon showers birds influx in the region has been increased Total 25 participants took part in this programme. The participants were sent separately to form different teams around Upper Lake. These participants identified about 60 species of aquatic and terrestrial birds.

The participants identified many migratory and rare birds during the visit . The main birds and numbers seen in the cast are as follows which includes Stork Crane in about 120 numbers , Greater Flamingo approximately around 16 birds were spotted, Spot Bill Duck about 200 were spotted , Lesser Whistling Duck about 500 were spotted .Other birds like around 400 Painted Stork and around 50 Oriental Prentikol were sighted, about 100 Woollen neck Stork were spotted , about 500 Spoon bill and around 1000 river tern bird spotted besides 50 little tern etc.Besides these birds, other birds, Dakshinraj (Paradise Falicator), Indian Pitta , which were visible in the rainy season, were also seen during the visit . The Indian pitta (Pitta brachyura) is a passerine bird native to the Indian subcontinent. It inhabits scrub jungle, deciduous and dense evergreen forest. Breeding in the forests of the Himalayas, hills of central and western India, they migrate to other parts of the peninsula in winter.

The Indian pitta is a small stubby-tailed bird that is mostly seen on the floor of forests or under dense undergrowth, foraging on insects in leaf litter. The  pied crested cuckoo is a member of the cuckoo order of birds that is found in Africa and Asia. It is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival.