Two new species of birds have been found in Nawalparasi (Bardaghat, East of Susta) during the ongoing water bird count.
The water bird census that started on January 1 will conclude on January 16. New bird species, Greater White Fronted Goose and Black-Headed Brambling have been spotted during this year’s census, according to Coordinator of bird census in western sector of Chitwan National Park DB Chaudhary. “These two species of birds were not found in the last year’s census. But, they are spotted near the Narayani riverbank this year,” Chaudhary pointed out. This year, a total of 38 species of water birds have been spotted in Nawalpur area alone. According to Chaudhary, 10 species of birds that were found last year have not appeared so far during the current census.
It is said that the number of birds has sharply decreased this year compared to the last year. The number of bar-headed Goose (Khoya Hans), a migratory bird coming from Siberia to escape cold, is recorded the most this year. Coordinator Chaudhary informed that the number of Ruddy Shelducks, known as Chakhewa, also witnessed a sharp decline this year.
Similarly, the number of migratory birds has decreased though the number of local birds found in the Narayani river and wetlands there has not changed significantly.