Pelicans seen on a mound in Kolleru lake in Krishna district. | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI About 80 teams carry out Asian Waterbird Census in State last month Many rare, uncommon and near-threatened water bird species have been sighted in the wetlands in the State during the Asian Waterbird Census – 2021. The count of migratory birds is good in all mudflats, say the wildlife officials. There are 27 wetlands in Andhra Pradesh, and rare species of birds, which have not been seen for the last few years were noticed in Nelapattu, Kolleru and Coringa sanctuaries during the census carried out in January this year, said Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF-Wildlife) Rahul Pandey. About 80 teams, including forest authorities, ornithologists, NGOs and the bird watchers carried out the Asian Waterbird Census in the wetlands, creeks, sanctuaries, mudflats, marshy areas and the bird habitats in the State. “I visited Kolleru, Nelapattu, Uppalapadu, Coringa and other bird sanctuaries. In Nelapattu, spoon billed storks, which are not sighted for more than two decades, were seen nesting with their younger ones this year,” said the CCF. In Kolleru lake, altogether about 3 lakh birds, especially pelicans, open billed storks, painted storks and other […]

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