Birds – a gift of Mother Nature to us, by Sanjay Chhimwal

White-Rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

White-Rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)

We all at some point in our life are fascinated with birds. During our childhood days, our adulthood or old age. Birds are found in different shape, size and colour. Birds are in true sense a gift of Mother Nature to us. Birds are a very special life form on earth as these winged creatures are capable of flying, running and even some can swim. Not all birds can fly like kiwi, ostrich. In many birds male and female birds of same species are of different colour this is called sexual dimorphism. Usually males are more beautiful and females are little dull in colour. This helps the female in choosing the best male for mating while their dull colour protects them from their enemies while they lay their eggs on the nest.

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja)

There are over 1500 species of birds found in India and more than 600 are recorded in Corbett region. Some of them are resident birds while some are migratory. Due to the geographical location of Corbett one can see summer and winter visitor birds in Corbett. Some birds do local migration while some birds come from other countries mainly ducks which come to this region during winters. Birds are found in different types of habitats. They live in water bodies, swamps, grasslands, riverbeds, dense forests and scrub forests.

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Today many tourists visit places to see birds only. Uttarakhand with its rich wildlife is always a favourite destination for nature and wildlife lovers. But unfortunately we are not yet successful to attract more tourists from this segment. After religious tourism it is wildlife tourism which can earn handsome revenue to the state and can also generate employment for local unemployed youth. Government along private partners should work on strategies so that we can bring wildlife tourists to our state. We need to highlight other fauna like birds found in our forests and should organize bird watching or census programme on regular basis. It will not only attract birders but we will also be able to understand about their population etc.

Red-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Red-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Birds not only look beautiful but are very important for us. They play an important role in the ecosystem. They control the insects and other animals number. They are a very good pest controller as well as they also help in regeneration of forest through seed dispersal. They disperse seeds from one place to another and that is how trees of different species grow at different places. Some birds are fruit eating, some are insect eater some birds are carnivores (raptors) while some are scavengers. All these birds do various important tasks in the nature, some control the insects’ numbers while some take seeds of trees to other place. Some kills rats, snakes while some clean our environment by eating dead animals.

When one is doing bird watching there are many things one can note like their size, colour, special feature like, beak, legs, behaviour, place and time where the bird was seen. Few things are necessary for watching birds like a pair of binoculars, a field guide book about birds, a note pad and a pen or a pencil. At first one can start this as a hobby but after some experience and tips from experienced person anybody can become a good bird watcher. Great degree of patience is required for this.

In Corbett Tiger Reserve many species of raptors, kingfishers, woodpeckers, flycatchers, parakeets, drongos, orioles, sunbirds, owls, bulbuls, laughing thrush are found.



2 Responses to “Birds – a gift of Mother Nature to us, by Sanjay Chhimwal”

  1. sanjay says:

    thank you very much.

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