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Less migratory birds concern all in Jaipur's bird fair

According to the naturalists, there has been a decrease in the number of migratory birds as compared to previous years.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 13:14 IST

It was gala event for hundreds of school students when they got a chance to watch the migratory birds of various species and colours, chirping varying sounds, during the ninth bird fair held here at the bank of Ram Sagar Lake this Monday marking World Bird Day (January 30).

Over 500 students enjoyed watching these birds, who arrive in this part of the world during this season from different countries. This excursion has become an intrinsic part of their curriculum every year.

The fair was organised to make people more aware of the environment and migratory birds.

Each year, during the winter season, Jal Mahal in Ram Sagar Lake becomes the favourite destination for the migratory birds

Although a large number or birds arrive in Jaipur every year from other parts of the world, this year the number has decreased compared to previous years. The reason behind this decrease can be related to the changing climatic conditions, less availability of vegetation and increasing water pollution.

"This year the birds are fewer than last year. Somebody should check the reasons for it. These birds are really beautiful but the falling number should be checked to increase their arrival," said Dimple, a student.

Every year birds of various species migrate here during this season mainly from China and Siberia. But this year only six to seven bird species have been spotted.

Ram Sagar lake in Jaipur is one of the favourite water bodies for the migratory birds this year.

According to the naturalists, there has been a decrease in the number of migratory birds as compared to previous years.

Shakti Singh, a naturalist says: More than 100 species could be witnessed in earlier years but only six to seven species of foreign birds have been witnessed this year.

"I have witnessed all the bird fairs that have taken place so far. But due to the shortage of vegetation, many species witnessed earlier is not seen this year. Due to the non-availability of food, less species have migrated this year. During previous years, I witnessed more than 100 species but since last few years this number is falling and only five to six species could be spotted. It is the water pollution which is causing all this decline," says Singh.

Naturalists claim that if the present situation continues, the day is not far when Ram Sagar site will no longer be a favourite habitat for foreign birds.