Migratory birds skip Bangalore

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According to the Bangalore Field Association, they see fewer Pelicans, fewer Northern Shovelers, and Fewer White Storks.

Bangalore, February 1, 2018: 

Various ornithologists have expressed their concern over the decline of 40 migratory bird species which is in turn harming the city’s ecosystem.

“There are more than 100 bird species in the country that have declined. And, Bangalore faces a decline of 40 bird species in the city,” says The Ornithological Society of India.

The birdwatchers of the city say that there are fewer species of birds which are spotted in the city. The Bangalore Field Birdwatchers’ Club member Mr Krishnappa said, “We hardly see any birds around. It is very hard to spot them. We used to see so many birds chirping and nesting here.”

“The birds come to the city from different parts of the world including the Siberian and Arctic region. But it is no longer easy for birds to find spaces to breed in,” says Mr Krishnappa.

The report by Indian Ornithological Society of India states that the problem is around the lakes in the city because of an increase of garbage dumping and excessive urbanisation.

“In our lake, there is a lot of garbage and sewage that is dumped around the area. Excessive urbanisation and felling of trees is the major cause,” says Mr Nizamuddin the Lake Range Forest Officer at Madiwala.

According to the Bangalore Field Association, they see fewer Pelicans, fewer Northern Shovelers, and Fewer White Storks. In the recent ages, the birds are declining and thus putting the ecosystem in danger.

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