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Rare bird species sighted in Tinsukia district

By Staff correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Sept 9 � Two bird lovers sighted and photographed a Golden Crested Myna, a rare bird species on the side of NH-153 near Tinkupani reserve forest in Tinsukia district. This glossy black bird having golden crest, crown and throat was sighted by Sanjay Das and Dilip Panging, while they were on their usual bird documentation drive.

The bird lovers took nearly a week to identify the photographed species after browsing through several books and websites. They first sighted a group of six birds on August 25 but again travelled to the site after four days for better photograph. The bird lovers claimed that the species was recorded for the first time in The Handbook of India and Pakistan (Compact Edition), published in 1983 by Dr Salima Ali and S Dilon Riple. The book mentions that the rare bird was found only in NC Hills and Manipur within the country. Since then, the bird has never been sighted anywhere in India and The Birds of Assam, a book written by Dr Anwaruddin Chaudhury in 1992 has also testified the fact.

Sanjay Das and Dilip Panging have been working for the preservation and documentation of birds in their individual capacity. The duo while addressing mediapersons here said they have added several new species of birds in the list of Dibru Saikhowa reserve forest inTinsukia district and also in the list of Assam.

The habitat of Golden Crested Myna is normally open woodlands within forested mountains, lowland evergreen forest and mixed woodland. It feeds mainly on fruits but sometimes also takes some insects. The bird forages in pairs or small groups in canopy.

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Rare bird species sighted in Tinsukia district

DIBRUGARH, Sept 9 � Two bird lovers sighted and photographed a Golden Crested Myna, a rare bird species on the side of NH-153 near Tinkupani reserve forest in Tinsukia district. This glossy black bird having golden crest, crown and throat was sighted by Sanjay Das and Dilip Panging, while they were on their usual bird documentation drive.

The bird lovers took nearly a week to identify the photographed species after browsing through several books and websites. They first sighted a group of six birds on August 25 but again travelled to the site after four days for better photograph. The bird lovers claimed that the species was recorded for the first time in The Handbook of India and Pakistan (Compact Edition), published in 1983 by Dr Salima Ali and S Dilon Riple. The book mentions that the rare bird was found only in NC Hills and Manipur within the country. Since then, the bird has never been sighted anywhere in India and The Birds of Assam, a book written by Dr Anwaruddin Chaudhury in 1992 has also testified the fact.

Sanjay Das and Dilip Panging have been working for the preservation and documentation of birds in their individual capacity. The duo while addressing mediapersons here said they have added several new species of birds in the list of Dibru Saikhowa reserve forest inTinsukia district and also in the list of Assam.

The habitat of Golden Crested Myna is normally open woodlands within forested mountains, lowland evergreen forest and mixed woodland. It feeds mainly on fruits but sometimes also takes some insects. The bird forages in pairs or small groups in canopy.