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Wildlife officials collecting carcasses of birds that died under mysterious circumstances in the Pong wetland in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh over the past week.(HT Photo)

Avian flu causing migratory birds’ death at HP’s Pong Dam, toll rises to 2,400

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times, Dharamshala, Dharamshala
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:54 PM IST
Lab reports expected on Tuesday, while post-mortem reports rule out poisoning
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A dead bar-headed goose in the Pong Dam Lake. Officials say the birds exhibited an inability to take off despite having healthy wings before succumbing.(HT Photo)
A dead bar-headed goose in the Pong Dam Lake. Officials say the birds exhibited an inability to take off despite having healthy wings before succumbing.(HT Photo)

Migratory birds continue to die, officials shut HP’s Pong wetland

By Naresh K Thakur | Hindustan Times/Dharamshala, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:36 AM IST
Over 1,000 birds of different species have mysteriously died since December 28; authorities have ruled out poisoning
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(From left) Manta Sindhu with a juvenile female Asian koel, that came with paralysed legs; Prepping a yellow-footed green juvenile pigeon for its surgery; Rescued Alexandrine parakeet and blue rock pigeon at foster homes in Delhi-NCR
(From left) Manta Sindhu with a juvenile female Asian koel, that came with paralysed legs; Prepping a yellow-footed green juvenile pigeon for its surgery; Rescued Alexandrine parakeet and blue rock pigeon at foster homes in Delhi-NCR

An eye out for birds

By Karishma Kuenzang | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Musician Manta Sidhu takes up the cause of fostering birds that need help, and tells you why you should too!
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The image shows a flock of birds.(Twitter/@ANI)
The image shows a flock of birds.(Twitter/@ANI)

With advent of winter Surat in Gujarat witnesses arrival of migratory birds. Watch

By Asian News International | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Surat, Gujarat
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 11:06 PM IST
Birds from Siberia, Russia, and other cold regions migrate to South Asia in search of food, many such birds migrate to Surat.
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An illustration depicting the bird Falcatakely forsterae amidst non-avian dinosaurs.(REUTERS)
An illustration depicting the bird Falcatakely forsterae amidst non-avian dinosaurs.(REUTERS)

Bird with scythe-like beak that lived 68 million years ago shed light on avian diversity

By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 05:13 AM IST
Scientists said the bird, called Falcatakely forsterae, possessed a face unlike any other known bird from the age of dinosaurs.
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After the fundamental course of six months of initiation and camaraderie with fellow officers at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, the probationers go on a six-week Bharat Darshan tour, as we did in 1963.(HT file photo)
After the fundamental course of six months of initiation and camaraderie with fellow officers at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, the probationers go on a six-week Bharat Darshan tour, as we did in 1963.(HT file photo)

IAS, the steel-frame or birds of passage

By TKA Nair | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 27, 2020 01:16 PM IST
SPICE OF LIFE: A favourable combination of circumstances catapulted some of us to the top echelons of the civil services. For brief periods, some of us also came under the arc light as bit players in the saga of governance
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This grosbeak observed at Powdermill Nature Reserve was split right down the middle - pink on the right side, yellow on the left.(Twitter user)
This grosbeak observed at Powdermill Nature Reserve was split right down the middle - pink on the right side, yellow on the left.(Twitter user)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak: A bird which is both male and female

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 06:58 PM IST
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak derives its name from the male of the species who have a ruby-red triangular marking on a white chest and dark black wings with pink wing pits.
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The 54-second-long clip shows a huge spider hanging from a wall eating the bird.(Twitter)
The 54-second-long clip shows a huge spider hanging from a wall eating the bird.(Twitter)

Huge spider eats bird. Video makes people say, ‘nature is scary’

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 20, 2020 03:33 PM IST
Most netizens pointed out how scary nature can be, while others showed sympathy for the poor bird.
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The electrocuted hornbill at PGIMER and (on right) a pair on a tree in Sector 4, Chandigarh.(PHOTOS: UPENDRA GOSWAMI & NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY)
The electrocuted hornbill at PGIMER and (on right) a pair on a tree in Sector 4, Chandigarh.(PHOTOS: UPENDRA GOSWAMI & NEELAM MANSINGH CHOWDHRY)

Wildbuzz: Fall of a beloved bird

By Vikram Jit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 11:59 PM IST
A beautiful Oriental Pied hornbill gets electrocuted and in HP a farmer shoots dead a Rock python in cold blood
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A 62-year-old farmer in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore has kept aside half an acre of farmland to provide daily feasts to hundreds of wild birds.(ANI)
A 62-year-old farmer in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore has kept aside half an acre of farmland to provide daily feasts to hundreds of wild birds.(ANI)

62-year-old farmer in Coimbatore keeps half-acre of land to grow millets for hundreds of wild birds

By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | Coimbatore
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2020 05:33 PM IST
Birds have been flocking to the half-acre farmland spared by Mutthu Murugan to grow Pearl millets and Sorghum.
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Experts say many birds die during treatment from serious injuries and others are maimed for life.
Experts say many birds die during treatment from serious injuries and others are maimed for life.

Over 1,500 birds injured by kite strings in the last fortnight

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 11:52 PM IST
Veterinarians and animal rescue groups have observed that this year, the number of birds injured by manjhas (kite strings) has increased.
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A white cockatoo, named Reggie, doing his work.(Facebook/Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)
A white cockatoo, named Reggie, doing his work.(Facebook/Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden)

Cincinnati Zoo’s feathery ‘office assistant’ may be the most entertaining employee you’ve ever seen. Watch

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 07:54 PM IST
You’ll also want a colleague like him after watching this video.
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The burnt-out area is mapped as 65-70 hectares, which include crop fields, grasslands, and swamps.(ANI)
The burnt-out area is mapped as 65-70 hectares, which include crop fields, grasslands, and swamps.(ANI)

Long-lasting toxicity for humans, animals and birds at Baghjan oil spill region: Wildlife Institute

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:06 PM IST
WII has said that the highest concentration of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a toxic compound, in fish samples from Maguri Motapung wetland, which is located near the blowout site, was found to be 10-to 100-fold higher than any concentrations reported from India or other parts of the world.
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The image shows an Andean Condor.(Pixabay)
The image shows an Andean Condor.(Pixabay)

This bird can fly for hours without flapping its wings

By Associated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | WASHINGTON
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 12:13 PM IST
Incredibly, the Andean Condors spend just 1% of their time aloft flapping their wings, mostly during take-off.
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This video of a nest has caught the attention of many.(Twitter/@Hemalathanarne)
This video of a nest has caught the attention of many.(Twitter/@Hemalathanarne)

‘Amazing architecture,’ says Twitter about this bird’s nest constructed inside a leaf

By Amrita Kohli | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 02, 2020 06:01 PM IST
“Brilliant Engineer. Amazing Nature,” wrote Twitter user Hemalatha while sharing the clip of the nest.
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The baby elephant chased the birds in a playful manner.(Twitter/@susantananda3)
The baby elephant chased the birds in a playful manner.(Twitter/@susantananda3)

Baby elephant bravely shoos away birds in a wobbly run, leaves netizens gushing. Watch

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 01, 2020 06:36 PM IST
Just like a human kid, the adorable baby elephant will give you an aww-worthy moment.
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Sarita Khanchandani next to a bird feeder set up at Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra(HT Photo)
Sarita Khanchandani next to a bird feeder set up at Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra(HT Photo)

A zoologist who saved birds from dying of hunger

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 06:53 PM IST
The college principal Manju Pathak explained that prior to the lockdown, birds used to feed on leftovers of the college canteen, and grains left daily by commuters on roads that run along the periphery of the college located opposite Ulhasnagar railway station.
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A good samaritan took the birds to their home and then called RSPCA.(Twitter@RSPCA Frontline)
A good samaritan took the birds to their home and then called RSPCA.(Twitter@RSPCA Frontline)

Thanks to a doggo, tiny birds sitting in middle of road rescued

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2020 12:00 PM IST
It’s the doggo of a hooman who spotted the birds whose parents were nowhere in the vicinity.
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Glimpses of some of the birds from the video.(TikTok)
Glimpses of some of the birds from the video.(TikTok)

Take a walk with this keeper and say hello to the most beautiful birds you’ve ever seen. Watch

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 02, 2020 06:38 PM IST
The video, aptly captioned, “For all the bird nerds out there,” shows the keeper opening the cages to say good morning to the wide variety of birds.
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The image shows the tiny bird.(Twitter/@iatemuggles)
The image shows the tiny bird.(Twitter/@iatemuggles)

Pictures of tiny bird sitting on a chair will instantly make you happy

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2020 04:34 PM IST
“Sorry, the seat is occupied,” wrote a Twitter user and shared the images.
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The bird nibbling at the tea packet with well-spaced bites.(Reddit/@Thund3rbolt)
The bird nibbling at the tea packet with well-spaced bites.(Reddit/@Thund3rbolt)

Call this pet parent a Disney Princess because a birdie is helping her out with household chores

By Sanya Budhiraja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2020 03:54 PM IST
This helpful birdie may remind you of Cinderella’s friends from the sky.
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The series shows two birds exchanging a prey mid-air.(Twitter/@myrgard)
The series shows two birds exchanging a prey mid-air.(Twitter/@myrgard)

Male and female birds exchange prey mid-air, incredible sight caught in a series of pics

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2020 05:14 PM IST
Wildlife photographer Patrick Coughlin identified the creatures as a male and female Northern Harrier and mentioned that the “exchanging prey is for possible nestlings.”
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Isn’t this rather adorable pair?(Twitter/@crevicedwelling)
Isn’t this rather adorable pair?(Twitter/@crevicedwelling)

Forget inter-species friendships, this bird made friends with an avocado

By Amrita Kohli | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The quail also brought her friends to meet and hang out with her new friend.
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Arun Govil and Sunil Lahri in a still from Ramayan.
Arun Govil and Sunil Lahri in a still from Ramayan.

Ramayan’s Sunil Lahri shares anecdotes from show’s shoot, reveals how he got a co-star in trouble with Ramanand Sagar

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 08:46 PM IST
Sunil Lahri has revealed how the shooting for Ramayan was delayed due to various reasons during the filming of the Guru Vasishtha ashram sequence.
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Feed factor: Haryana poultry farmers forced to bury starving birds alive

By Sunil Rahar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Rohtak
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 12:56 AM IST
Drop in demand and lack of feed has forced many such farmers to adopt this measure.
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Many found the angry-looking owl relatable to their bosses.(Twitter/@arunbothra)
Many found the angry-looking owl relatable to their bosses.(Twitter/@arunbothra)

Owl stopping bird from flying is making netizens relate to something else

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 02:24 PM IST
Posted on Twitter by IPS officer Arun Bothra, the 9-second-long clip shows a bird trying to fly away when an owl comes in front of it and stops it.
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India is the largest landmass before the Indian Ocean, and holds 90% of stopover sites for birds that migrate in this region(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
India is the largest landmass before the Indian Ocean, and holds 90% of stopover sites for birds that migrate in this region(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

India must prioritise the protection of its birds| Analysis

By Neha Sinha
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 08:10 PM IST
Birds considered common are now disappearing rapidly. Policy must look at ways to conserve their native habitats
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The biggest threat for migratory species at risk of extinction are hunting, poaching, persecution and control
The biggest threat for migratory species at risk of extinction are hunting, poaching, persecution and control

Hunting, poaching biggest threats to migratory birds, according to report

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan times, Gandhinagar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2020 02:29 AM IST
The preliminary assessment showed that 96% of all the species listed under Appendix 1 of the CMS face these threats.
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Secretary of Fisheries and Animal Resources department, R Raghu Prasad said from Tuesday all the poultry birds within 1 km radius of the infected site will be culled and buried to contain the infection.(AP PHOTO.)
Secretary of Fisheries and Animal Resources department, R Raghu Prasad said from Tuesday all the poultry birds within 1 km radius of the infected site will be culled and buried to contain the infection.(AP PHOTO.)

Bird flu confirmed in poultry farm of Odisha veterinary college, all birds to be culled within 1 km

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Once the infected area is sanitised, the poultry bird traders can start restocking within 1 week. As a precautionary measure, the walk-through aviary of the Nandankanan Zoo will be closed to visitors from January 28 until further orders.
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The waterbird census is coordinated by Wetlands International South Asia and is carried out in January every year in Asia and Australasia across 27countries with the participation of thousands of volunteers to record the status of important wetlands habitat and water birds diversity with population estimates.(HT PHOTO.)
The waterbird census is coordinated by Wetlands International South Asia and is carried out in January every year in Asia and Australasia across 27countries with the participation of thousands of volunteers to record the status of important wetlands habitat and water birds diversity with population estimates.(HT PHOTO.)

Despite bad ecology, Sambhar got more birds this year than before

By Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 06:57 AM IST
The wetland was in the news in November last year after more than 20,000 birds died due to botulism, a neuromuscular illness caused by bacteria, to the concern of environmentalists and ornithologists.
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