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Increasing human activities in Loktak likely to decrease migratory birds count

 Jeijei Newme

IMPHAL | Dec 19

Source: Imphal Free Press

Wildlife enthusiasts fear that this year, the count of migratory birds in and around Loktak Lake may decrease as compared to recent years.

Migratory birds come to the state every October till early March with December and January as the peak season.

In an interview with Imphal Free Press, chief conservator of forests, Forest headquarter of Sanjenthong, Anurag Bajpai said that these migratory birds are mainly of duck family. They come looking for suitable environment at this area from Tibet, Siberia, China and Europe.

As many as 60 species of birds have been recorded so far with the most common bird as Whistling Teal (Tingri), Mandarin Ducks, Shelduck, Ibis and Grey Leg Geese.

Sony Meitei, assistant professor of Moirang College and also a member of Indian Bird Conservation Network said that the number of migratory birds have been decreasing with each passing year.

He cited human settlement and economic activities as the main reasons for being unfriendly to annual winged guests.

He also said that the nightlife of Loktak Lake with LED lights also caused the birds to skip this place.

R.K, Birjit Singh, ornithologist said that the problem which has been further and seriously complicated by using of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights for fishing in the lake has dwindled the population of water birds including those of migratory species from 47,088 with 68 species in 2016 to hardly 5,000 with 17 species in January, 2017. “It seems that now they have diverted their migratory routes into a marginal habitat where it may succumb to predation, starvation or death,” he added. read more>>