Bhubaneswar: Summer bird census in Chilika Lake concludes; 39,731 birds of 107 species spotted . Trend shows reduction in number of birds this year as against 41,569 of 113 species spotted last year.
It should be noted that on winter approximate 9,47,119 birds at the lake which is spread over 1100 sq km. The entire bird population belonged to 167 species. As many as 100 species of waterfowls (9,24,353 in number) and 67 wetland dependent species (22,766 in number) were enumerated during the census exercise.
In 2016, the census had found 8,58,855 birds from 161 species out of which 94 were waterfowl species while the rest 67 were wetland-dependent.
In Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, the bird population was counted at 3,74,757 which, though, is lower compared to last year’s figure of 3,97,825. Chief Wildlife Warden Sidhanta Das said less number of birds in Nalabana could be due to non-exposure of mudflats caused by slow receding of water level.