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| Last Updated:: 30/12/2017

Manipur to start satellite tracking of Amur Falcons










Manipur Forest department is all set to introduce satellite tracking of Amur Falcons (Falcon Amurensis) in the State.“We are planning to introduce satellite tracking by using radio transmitters to study the migratory routes and its stop-over sites not only in our region but across the globe,” said a senior Forest official. “This will help in identifying the reason behind the bird’s inability to stay longer in one place”, he added. 



The Forest authority is planning to introduce the new technique of study from next season as the procurement of the radio transmitters take more than six months. 



The step has been taken up considering the importance of routine arrival of Armur Falcon in the State particularly in Tamenglong district villages during mid October to November-end every year. During their stay, Amur Falcon, one of the least talked about raptor species out of 69 known in India, controls insects and pests in the agricultural fields during harvest season by eating the termites and grasshoppers, etc. 



But due to global climate change, human activities including hunting and change of its habitat, the number of this long distance migratory bird has reportedly declined. The birds travel from eastern Asia all the way to southern Africa and back every year, visiting Tamenglong. 



According to official sources, it is estimated that only about 60,000 Amur Falcons visited Tamenglong in 2017 against more than one lakh in 2015 and 50,000 in 2016. “There are many reasons behind the decrease as the birds might have shifted to new stop-over sites in other Equatorial regions (including Tripura and Bangladesh,” the Forest official said. “But we cannot simply give any conclusion regarding the decrease of birds visiting Tamenglong unless we take up a comprehensive study.”