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Forest & Envi Dept cheers as Tamenglong reaches Somalia

Source: The Peoples Chronicle
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IMPHAL, 25th Nov: The Forest and Environment Department has a reason to cheer as ‘Tamenglong’, the radio satellite tagged female Amur Falcon successfully reached Somalia, the easternmost country in Africa which lies along the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.
The spectacular journey of Tamenglong has captured the imagination of the citizens of Manipur, experts and lovers of wildlife. Tamenglong reached Somalia on November 24 at 1 pm IST after covering a distance of 5700 km, flying non-stop for a total of five days and eight hours.
The radio tagged migratory bird left its roost site in Tamenglong district on November 19 morning.
The GPS data on November 20 showed that the bird was flying over Odisha eastern shore, covering an average distance of 170 km per hour. Experts monitoring the bird reported that Tamenglong was covering a distance of 40 km in an hour on the particular day.
On November 21, Tamenglong along with Longleng, another Amur Falcon radio tagged in Nagaland, were flying over the Arabian Sea were heading towards the African continent.
The marathon journey of Tamenglong finally ended on November 24 after it reached its next roost site in Somalia while Longleng has reached Kenya.
Amur Falcons weighing on average 160 grams are long-distance migratory birds and arrives in North East India mainly in Manipur and Nagaland on their south-bound migration during October from their breeding grounds in Northern China, Eastern Mongolia and Far East Russia en-route to their wintering grounds in South Africa. The one-way journey from their breeding to wintering grounds via India is about 20,000 km and the birds do this twice a year.
Amur Falcons spend three to four weeks in many parts of Manipur to build fat reserves by foraging on termites that emerge during this time. As a result, this stop-over site in North East India becomes extremely crucial to the Amur Falcons as they need to make a five to six days non-stop flight across the Peninsular India and then make a sea crossing over the Arabian Sea to their next stop-over site in Somalia. read more>>