Birds

Are Bird Photographers Damaging the Avian Habitat?

March 5, 2013
Birds

Activities such as bird photography appear benign and in tune with nature. But ornithologists in Bangalore find how this supposedly eco-friendly activity is damaging precious bird habitat at the Hesarghatta lake when photographers carelessly drive right into the crucial habitat.

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Flying towards Death at Nalsarovar Lake

Flying towards Death at Nalsarovar Lake
February 19, 2013
Birds

For many birds around the world, Gujarat’s Nalsarovar lake is home away from home, where they spend the cold winter months. Designated as a wetland of international importance, the lake however is turning into a living hell. Reason being the nets, sprawling across the wide lake, and cast to bring the carefree flights of the bird to an abrupt end.

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It’s Time to Spot the Birds in Your City!

It’s Time to Spot the Birds in Your City!
December 19, 2012
Birds

How often have you spotted a new bird in the neighbourhood and wished you knew its name? Urban areas are home to a number of birds other than sparrows and mynas and if you want to explore, team up with other avid birders and know your city’s birds even better, then here is your chance. It’s time for the race…the India BirdRace 2013.

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Young Naturalist sights Great Indian Bustard in Karnataka

Young Naturalist sights Great Indian Bustard in Karnataka
November 7, 2012
Birds

17 year old Preeth Khona was on his way to Bangalore when he accidently sighted a pair of Great Indian Bustards foraging in a field in Chelugurki village, 25 km from Bellary in Karnataka. The chance sighting raises hope for the bird which is critically endangered and one of the rarest species in the world.

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Home of the Hornbills Saved from Defence Radar

Home of the Hornbills Saved from Defence Radar
September 10, 2012
Birds

If you look for the name Narcondam in a map, it will appear as a tiny speck as part of the Andaman and Nicobar islands of India. But it is this insignificant little place that is home to one of the rarest of hornbills in the world and which might have disappeared from the planet if not for the timely plea of few conservationists and action taken by the environment ministry.

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More than 100 Vultures Sighted in Himachal Pradesh

More than 100 Vultures Sighted in Himachal Pradesh
August 31, 2012
Birds

All three species of vultures found in India are on the verge of extinction and while breeding centers and vulture restaurants are helping increase the number of these dying birds, what has come as a great bit of news is the spotting of about a hundred of vultures at Hamripur district in Himachal Pradesh.

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Another Painkiller turns Killer for Vultures

Another Painkiller turns Killer for Vultures
August 24, 2012
Birds

Diclofenac, a veterinary drug used on cattle proved to be a poison for vultures of India and other South Asian countries when it was found that the scavengers were dying in hundreds after ingesting a meal of the cattle carcass treated with the drug. Now a researcher reveals, there is another killer drug out there

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A Birder’s Paradise: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

A Birder’s Paradise: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
August 9, 2012
Birds

Tucked away near the eastern border of Rajasthan state and adjacent to the Banganga River is a large & shallow concave wetland – The Keoladeo Ghana National Park, more commonly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. Being home to over 350 species of birds, it is this place that is every bird lover’s favourite destination.

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New Bird discovered in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

New Bird discovered in Andaman & Nicobar Islands
August 3, 2012
Birds

A team of scientists from the Zoological Survey of India, have discovered a new bird species in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The new bird species named ‘Great Nicobar Crake’ is said to be from the Rallina family of birds and is the first new bird species to be discovered in India since independence.

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Photography of Great Indian Bustard Banned

Photography of Great Indian Bustard Banned
April 30, 2012
Birds

Taking strict measures to save the small population of Great Indian Bustards in India, the Minsitry of Environment has banned the photography of the bird during breeding season which starts in April. The move has been made to give the rare birds a chance to nest peacefully.

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14 Species of Birds on the Verge of Extinction

14 Species of Birds on the Verge of Extinction
April 2, 2012
Birds

The Ministry of Environment and Forest recently announced that there are 14 species of birds that might not fly anymore in the future and might be extinct in India. The announcement came after International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) informed the ministry.

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From the Camera of a 7 Year Old!

From the Camera of a 7 Year Old!
March 26, 2012
Birds

Aarav seems like any other seven year old, but give him his camera and the boy will stun you with amazing pictures of birds that he can identify just by listening to their calls.

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Only Five Vultures remain in Andhra Pradesh

Only Five Vultures remain in Andhra Pradesh
March 22, 2012
Birds

In a shocking revelation the state officials of Andhra Pradesh have found that there are only five vultures left in the state and that too the ones captive at the Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad.

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Pet Parrot Trade Killing millions of Birds

Pet Parrot Trade Killing millions of Birds
March 14, 2012
Birds

A bird in a cage is a concept some people find fascinating and thus there are hundreds of parrots and love birds sold everyday around India. What many do not realize though is that by buying these birds they are letting an illegal trade flourish that is killing lakhs of beautiful birds each year.

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Saintly act Saves Endangered Forest Owlet

Saintly act Saves Endangered Forest Owlet
February 29, 2012
Birds

For Swami Mahadevanand Saraswathi life is sacred, no matter if it is that of a human or an animal. It is this belief that led him to rescue two critically endangered forest owlet from a cage and keep them safely at his home in Varanasi until rescuers from UK helped him release the birds into the wild.

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Interview: a j mithra, Making Music with Animal Calls

Interview: a j mithra, Making Music with Animal Calls
February 22, 2012
Birds

Chirrups, squeaks, roars and howls may not be much more than animal calls for most of us but for one man these are music to his ears quite literally. a j mithra is a self taught Zoo musicologists, someone who uses animal sounds to create music.

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