Altogether, 567884 birds comprising 33 species were recorded from all the 13 sites included in the census.
The Asian Waterbird census conducted in thirteen wetlands of Kashmir has recorded a bird count of 567884, comprising 33 species.
Officials said the census was conducted in a coordinated manner under Department of Wildlife Protection, J&K. In their report, ‘Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) in Wetlands of Kashmir’, the Wildlife wardens, Imtiaz Ahmad Lone and Intesar Sohail state that the census was undertaken at 13 wetland sites spread over six districts of Kashmir- Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Baramulla and Pulwama.
“Altogether, 567884 birds comprising 33 species were recorded from all the 13 sites included in the census. More than 80 percent of all the birds counted were recorded from Hokersar followed by Shallabug which accounted for around 14 percent of the total bird count,” the report said, adding, “Among all the waterbirds counted, Northern Pintail (anas acuta) was the most abundant species in the wetlands of Kashmir valley with the number of individuals recorded as 123022. The species occurred in six out of the 13 wetlands covered but more than 81 percent of the total individuals of this species were counted from Hokersar.”
The census was coordinated by Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai and participants included scholars and students from University of Kashmir, SKUAST-Kashmir and volunteers from NGOs like Kashmir Birdwatch and Wildlife Conservation Fund, the officials said.