In News: A recent 4-day birding drive called Tokhü Emong Bird Count (TEBC), was organised in Nagaland during Tokhü Emong post-harvest festival of the Lotha Nagas.
- Birding is a unique enterprise in which birdwatchers contribute crucial information on the behaviour, distribution, and occurrence of bird species to ornithological knowledge.
About the event:
- Organised in collaboration with the Wokha Forest Division, Nagaland Forest Management Project, Wokha, Nagaland and Bird Count India.
- Aim: To get people interested in birds, create awareness, celebrate the rich bird diversity of the state and set a benchmark against which future studies of avian populations can be compared.
- This initiative involves local communities to identify different species that are found in the state.
- It has documented a total of 178 bird species in the state.
- eBird is an online platform to record their observations.
- Nagaland is known as the “Falcon Capital of the World”.
- Species reported included:
- Brown Shrike
- Warblers — Ashy-throated, Buff-barred, Yellow-browed, Dusky, Grey-cheeked, Greenish, and Yellow-bellied Warblers, Whistler’s, Blyth’s Leaf, Grey-hooded, Brown Bush, and Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler.
- Spot-breasted Parrotbill
- Partridge — Hill, Rufous-throated, and Mountain Bamboo-Partridge.
- Raptors included Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Himalayan Buzzard, Oriental Scops-Owl and Amur Falcon.
- Asian Barred and Collared Owlet
- Scops-Owl — Mountain Scops-Owl, Collared Scops-Owl and Oriental Scops-Owl
- Black-tailed Crake.
- Bulbul — Black-crested, Crested Finchbill, Striated, Red-vented, Red-whiskered, Flavescent, Himalayan Black, Mountain Bulbul;
- Thrush — Long-billed, Black-breasted, Eyebrowed, Blue Whistling-Thrush
- Wagtail — Grey, Eastern Yellow, and White Wagtail.
About Bird Count India:
- Bird Count India is an informal partnership of organizations and groups working together to increase our collective knowledge about bird distributions and populations.
- The eBird India portal is managed by Bird Count India.
Source: Down To Earth
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