Over 3 Lakh Migratory Birds Arrive In Kashmir

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SRINAGAR — Over 3 lakh migratory birds have arrived in Kashmir from different parts of Central Asia and Europe, wildlife offi­cials said.

According to wildlife warden wetlands of Kashmir, Rouf Zargar, the numbers could increase in the days. Some of the most sighted birds in val­ley are Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Brahminy Duck, Garganey, Grey­lag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shov­eler, Common Teal and Eurasian Wigeon. Usually every year, ap­proximately 9 lakh birds migrate to the valley from different cold habitats of the world. However, the numbers can be more this year, officials said.

“Birds prefer different habitats every year for migration. There­fore, the valley witnesses new species of birds every year. Birds can go any place depending upon the leading flock. Kashmir is comparatively less cold than their own natural habitat which makes birds to start migrating to the valley in September every year. With decreasing mercury in their own habitat, numbers of birds increases in the valley,” the wildlife officials said.

“The birds can help in increas­ing tourism in the Valley,’’added another official.

Shikara owner Bashir Ahmad said, “Since tourism in valley is not gainging its pace in valley after 2016 turmoil, these mi­gratory birds can attract tourist from across the globe, if tourism department can project them in planned way, and advertise at big level, definitely it will help to boost tourism in valley”.

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