Kohima, June 27 (MExN): Two of the three satellite-tagged Amur Falcons which were released from Nagaland on November 7, 2013 have reached Inner Mongolia. M. Lokeswara Rao, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force in a release informed that the two birds Naga and Pangti are expected to visit Doyang roosting site in October 2014.
After reaching South Africa, Naga and Pangti had journeyed over Somalia crossing Arabian sea, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Meghalaya, Manipur, entered Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, China and finally reached Inner Mongolia.
The third bird Wokha is still in South Africa, according to the release. “As per the website, the bird is still active, there may be two possibilities, the bird might have died, there are no movement of bird and the satellite tag of the bird might have come out of bird and fallen on the ground and bird might be still alive flying without satellite tag,” it added.
The three birds were fitted with satellite tag with antenna and with solar panel on the back of the bird. The satellite tag weighs only 5 grams.
Nagaland was earlier declared as the Falcon capital of the world. Nearly one million Amur Falcons had roosted in Doyang last year. Further, the communities’ participation in protecting the birds received worldwide recognition. M. Lokeswara Rao has called for preservation of the “natural heritage”. “Like we have natural heritage of Tigers and Rhinos, we have natural heritage of Amur Falcons.”