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| Last Updated:: 06/05/2019

Tagged Amur Falcon making history as its flight path is traced




A radio-collared female Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis) named “Longleng” is making history as its sixth consecutive flight over India is being documented. Longleng was radio-collared in October 2016 in the Yaongyimchen Community Reserve in the Longleng district of Nagaland, after which it was named. On November 4, 2018, two more Amur Falcons, “Tamenglong” (a female) and “Manipur” (a male), were also tagged in Tamenglong district in Manipur. Unfortunately, Manipur was found dead after four days later in Tamenglong district while Tamenglong has lost contact after reaching North Luangwa National Park of Zambia in southern Africa during mid-December 2018.



This year, Longleng reached Somalia, on the western Indian Ocean, after flying from southern Africa on April 17, 2019, according to a media report. On April 29-2019, Longleng started on a four-day non-stop flight over the Arabian Sea. She then entered Surat in Gujarat. From there, she flew over Maharashtra and made her first stop in a forested tract in Gadchiroli district in eastern Maharashtra. Longleng is currently in Rayagada, in Odisha, waiting for Cyclone Fani to get over. She is then expected to fly over Northeastern India, including Nagaland and Manipur, then to Myanmar and thence, to China.



Amur Falcons originate in the region of the Amur river and its basin, in northeast Asia, which include eastern Mongolia, Northeastern China and the Russian Far East. For winter, they fly over Asia and the Indian Ocean to southern Africa and make the return journey during summers to the Amur Basin. The yearly journey is nearly 20,000 kilometres. In between their journeys, the birds stop in Nagaland and India, where they are being studied for their migration routes since 2013.




Source: Down to Earth, Sunday 05 May 2019.