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Rare species of bird in Pungro area
Correspondent PUNGRO, MAY 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 May. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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Perhaps it could be a good piece of information for bird lovers that a rare species of bird was reported to have been sighted at Pungro area by a team of expert bird watchers who are here to study the species of birds found in this remote part of the state.
A member of Kolkata-based East India Birding, Sujan Chatterjee, who is accompanying the president of the Oriental Bird Club of London and a team of research students, revealed that the team had sighted a rare species of bird - Yellow Throated Laughing Thrash, which is found only in Pungro and Chomi area.
According to Chatterjee, the bird was first sighted earlier by some of its members somewhere in Chomi area for which the team had come to study the same species of bird.
The same species, according to him was found only in this area throughout the country.
Apart from the rare species, the team also revealed that “Mustache Laughing Thrash” and “White Brow Laughing Thrash” were sighted during their visits here.
There are more than 50 species of birds found in Pungro area, he said but at the same time expressed concern on the rampant hunting prevailing in the area.
He, however, said that hunting alone might not finish birds or animals but expressed more concerns on the rampant destruction of the birds’ habitat through the Jhum cultivations which is being practiced in this part of the state.
Meanwhile, a team of students from different part of the country, through the sponsorship of the state government, has arrived here last evening to further study the species of birds found in Pungro areas.
The ongoing study on bird species, if properly documented, could boost the effort of the state to promote rural tourism by attracting not only nature tourist but also bird lovers across the world to this remote part of the state, which is endowed with rich flora and fauna apart from the natural scenic beauty.
The area is also a gold mine for the Geologists and Archeologists with rich mineral deposits and oldest Archeological sites discovered so far.

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