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Scientists for the first time tracked the entire route of migratory bird Amur Falcon

Nov 6, 2014 17:10 IST

Scientists for the first time tracked the entire route of migratory bird Amur Falcon. The scientists confirmed that a satellite-tagged Amur Falcon Naga arrived almost a year after it began its journey.
The bird Naga was released in Doyang forests in Wokha district of Nagaland on 7 November 2013, and returned on 29 October 2014. During this one year it travelled from Nagaland to South Africa on to Mongolia and back to Nagaland.
Two other satellite-tagged Amur Falcons Pangti and Wokha were released along with Naga in Nagaland’s Doyang forest. They reached South Africa on 9 January 2014 after flying over Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Bangladesh, the Bay of Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and the Arabian Sea.

The migratory bird is known to travel one of the longest distance. Amur Falcons travel up to 22000 km a year.

The Project
Conservationist Nick Williams headed the coordinating unit studying migratory birds of prey through a project of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Head of Forest Force, Nagaland, M. Lokeswara Rao studied the complete route of the bird.
The satellite-tagging was a collaborative effort of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS-UNEP), Birdlife Hungary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEFCC) and the Nagaland Forest Department.

Nagaland: the Falcon Capital of the World
Nagaland was declared as the Falcon Capital of the World in November 2013 by a team of international ornithologists. It was declared so after ornithologists estimated that about one million Amur Falcons roost in the State during the small aerial predators’ annual migration on way to South Africa. The phenomenon is declared the largest in the world.

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