New bird record for Bhutan

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The long term bird mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram through mist-netting ex­er­cise at the Ugyen Wangchuck In­sti­tute for Con­ser­va­tion and En­vi­ron­ment (UWICE) has con­trib­uted a new bird record for Bhutan. The mist-netting team have con­firmed Burmese Shrike (La­nius col­lu­ri­oides) male as an­other ad­di­tional num­ber of birds in Bhutan. The bird weights about 26.2g with wing 8.6cm, tar­sus 2.8cm and tail 9.3cm long. Some of the dis­tinc­tive fea­tures of the bird are its dark chest­nut man­tle, white tail sides and chest­nut rump. The team said that an in­sec­tiv­o­rous bird shrike has come back from their win­ter grounds in the al­ti­tudes. Cap­tur­ing of the Burmese shrike at this el­e­va­tion is the high­est record and on the west­ern most in its dis­tri­bu­tional lim­its.

Mist-netting ex­er­cise at the In­sti­tute started from 22nd Au­gust 2013. Bird en­thu­si­asts carry out this ex­er­cise ev­ery day from 6:00am-9:30am. So far the team has banded more than 1500 birds. The main ob­jec­tive of the pro­gram is to learn and doc­u­ment; bird di­ver­sity and change with sea­son, bird com­mu­nity and com­po­si­tion, breed­ing bi­ol­ogy and age struc­ture. Body mass and mor­ph­metric data of ev­ery cap­tured bird are recorded and a data­base is man­aged at the In­sti­tute. Some­times school go­ing chil­dren are also in­vited for this ac­tiv­ity to out-reached pro­gram for bird ed­u­ca­tion.

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