Jul 082013

Birds that migrate not so long distance but between different states or area are called Local migratory or Resident Migratory birds. These birds don’t cross countries in search for food or forage but travel across to different areas for better feeding grounds for some part of the year.

Like Sarus cranes flydown from northern part of india to central, western or south/central regions. Similarly birds like Painted stork that used to migrate from north india can now be seen as parmanent residents of central indian regions like Madhya Pradesh. Several birds in Bhopal like Large cormorant, Darter, Lesser whistling teal can be categorised as Local migratory birds. Migratory birds have started thronging various lakes in the state capital, making them a tourist’s delight.

The birds from Siberia and Himalayas can now be seen around the various lakes of the city in large numbers.

Chief Conservator of Forests (WildLife) P P Shukla said the Siberian cranes and other categories come here in search of food as the temperature in their native place plummets to below zero degree celsius.

The birds start entering India in December and return back in the last week of February or early March. Experts feel that the arrival of the migratory birds was delayed slightly this year because of the late start of winter. Storks, grebe, bar headed goose are some of the commonly seen migratory birds here


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