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Rare sighting of ‘Snow White Amur Falcon’ at Yaongyimchen

DIMAPUR, NOV 15 (NPN)
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Published on 16 Nov. 2015 1:19 AM IST
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In a rare spectacle, Dr. R. Suresh, Scientist, department of Endangered Species Management, Wildlife Institute of India and his team along with the community members of Yaongyimchen and the chairman of LEMSACHENLOK, Y. Nuklu Phom sighted a white Amur Falcon hovering around the Yaongyimchen Community Bio-diversity Conservation Area on November 10, 2015 at 2.17 p.m.
According to a press statement issued, it was informed that the bird was photographed by Nikhil and was later named as ‘Snow White Amur Falcon’ (Aso Mesung Loih in local dialect). 
It was stated the new falcon in its appearance was similar to that of “Gyr Falcon or Ger Falcon” found in the Arctic Coast and listed among the endangered species.
The discovery has raised many questions as to whether such White Falcons have migrated to Nagaland, which needs to be preserved.
It may be mentioned that the Yaongyimchen community of Longleng district have been conserving the Biodiversity area since 2010 and has witnessed rapid increase in the number of wildlife and marine life each year. 
The community has also been focused on safeguarding the “Amur Falcon” which started roosting in the area since 2012. 
It is being observed that the Amur Falcon roosting in its Conserved area has been increasing every year. Amur Falcon comes in 2 (Two) colors; Males are dark grey with reddish brown thighs and undertail coverts, reddish orange eye-ring, cere, and feet. Females are duller above with dark scaly markings on white underparts, and an orange eye-ring, cere, and legs. Only a pale wash of rufous is visible on their thighs and undertail coverts. 
Javadekar witnesses roosting Amur Falcons 
Union minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, who is camping at Pangti village, Wokha witnessed the roosting of Amur Falcons on Sunday evening. 
The minister is also scheduled to witness the migratory birds early morning on Monday. 
Earlier, on his arrival at Dimapur airport, Javadekar was received by minister of environment, forest and climate change, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, principal secretary, N.N. Zhasa IFS along with forest department officials. 
Union minister after a brief halt at police complex Chumukedima for lunch proceeded to Pangti village, Wokha. Additional PFFC from Northeast Zone regional office MoEF, Shillong, Dr. Anil Kumar IFS, director Airport Authority of India, Mughavi Zhimo, DC Dimapur, Kesonyu Yhome also welcomed the union minister at Dimapur airport.

 
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