Saturday, December 13, 2008

Birds in Central India

Central India or Madhya Pradesh is home to large number of bird species in India. Although there no birding spots like Keoladeo Ghana or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary nevertheless MP is well forested with other habitat types as well.

In the state of Madhya Pradesh birding is exciting tour and offers sighting of its magnificent avi-fauna.Many winter migrants make their way to Central India augmenting the number of bird species in the state. I have carried out a detailed survey of birds in Jabalpur and have recorded more than 270 species. Likewise Bird survey has been carried out in Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park with 250+ bird species being checklisted. A bird survey at Pench National Park will yield more interesting findings.

Among the birds of greater interest that I have checklisted are Ferrugineous pochard, Green munia, Blue breasted quail, Osprey, Jungle myna Sulphur bellied warbler and Tickells leaf warbler.

Grey Leg Geese, Eurasian Wigeon, Common pochard, Red crested pochard, Northern Pintail, Blue winged teal or Gargeny, Northern Shoveller, Common teal, Tufted duck and Common teal winter in Lakes and ponds of Jabalpur in Large numbers.

My bird study in Jabalpur has been stretched to more than 10 years and I have seen sad demise of White backed vulture in my home time.

My checklist was completed more than two years back in year two thusand six and some more interesting species have been checklisted in recent years.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Indian Birds

India abounds in bird life and the diversity of this land makes it one of the most amazing birding place on earth. Hence lot of birding tours are organized by travel agents for bird watching in India.

Zoo Geography of India

Indian Subcontinent along with South and South East Asia is classified as Oriental Region. India has been divided into many regions which have affinity with different Zoo geographical regions of the World as following....

1) Himalyan sub-region has affinity with Paleartic Region.

2) Affinity with the Ethiopian Region in the West India.

3) North India below the Himalyam sub region is comprises of the Gangetic plain.

4) Peninsular India bordered on the North West by the Aravallis and the North by the Vindhya Mountains on the West by the Arabian Sea and the East by Bay of Bengal. The south west though comes under the peninsular region due to humidity and height has affinity with East India and Burma. Both are classified as true tropical forests.

5) The North East and Bangladesh region consists of delta of Brahmaputra and Ganga. The North East region also extends further to cover Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland which have affinity with the Chinese sub-region.

Due to its unique zoo geography India abounds in birds and there are 1200 species of birds found in India including the winter migrants. If sub species are included the figure goes up to 2000 thousand.

There are many important birding areas in India. Among the popular sanctuaries are Bharatpur, Nal Sarovar, Chilika Lake and Ranganthithoo to mention few.