Rare mi­gra­tory bird spot­ted in Farid­kot

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab - Ga­gan­deep Jas­sowal ga­gan­deep@htlive.com ■

RU­FOUS VENTED PRINIA, FOUND IN NORTH­WEST IN­DIA AND THE SINDH RE­GION OF PAK­ISTAN AND A THREAT­ENED SPECIES, WAS SPOT­TED BY TWO BIRD­WATCH­ERS

FARID­KOT:A rare mi­gra­tory bird, ru­fous vented prinia, was re­cently spot­ted near Machaki Mal Singh vil­lage, 10km from Farid­kot town.

The bird, which was put in the ‘nearly threat­ened’ cat­e­gory of the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUNC) in Jan­uary last year, is only found in north­west In­dia and the Sindh re­gion of Pak­istan.

A bird­watcher, Jasvir Singh, who cap­tured the ru­fous vented prinia in his cam­era, had first en­counter with the bird in south-west Pun­jab in Septem­ber last year.

But, Jasvir was not aware of the fact which he came to know about af­ter at­tend­ing a con­fer­ence on rare birds.

“When I came to know about it I rushed to the area again and luck­ily found the bird on Fe­bru­ary 5 and 8,.” said Jasvir, a govern­ment teacher who started wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy in 2014

An­other bird­watcher Varinder Sharma also claimed to have cap­tured the ru­fous vented prinia in his cam­era on Oc­to­ber 26, 2017, and Fe­bru­ary 5 at the same vil­lage.

Varinder, a head teacher at govern­ment school at Machaki Mal Singh, said he had seen the bird in Au­gust 2017 but he was not aware about its rar­ity.

Gurhar­min­der Singh, se­nior sci­en­tific of­fi­cer, Pun­jab bio-di­ver­sity board, said the bird has been seen spot­ted in south-west Pun­jab for the first time.

“We are al­ready work­ing in every dis­trict through dis­trictlevel bio-di­ver­sity man­age­ment com­mit­tees to ex­plore bio-di­ver­sity in Pun­jab,” said Gurhar­min­der.

Wildlife of­fi­cer (Farid­kot) Ta­jin­der Singh said ru­fous vented prinia is rarely spot­ted in Pun­jab.

PHOTO/JASVIR SINGH

The rare mi­gra­tory bird, ru­fous ■ vented prinia, was cap­tured on cam­era near Machaki Mal Singh vil­lage, 10km from Farid­kot town, on Fe­bru­ary 8 and 5.

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