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Satellite-tagged Amur Falcons arrive

By The Assam Tribune

KOHIMA, Nov 5 � Villagers in Wokha district welcomed the arrival of two satellite-tagged migratory Amur Falcon birds here.

The two � �Naga� and �Pangti� � were among three birds, which were fitted with satellite chips on November 7 last year, were welcomed by villagers during an event organised yesterday at watch tower-cum-resting shed under the aegis of Nagaland Forest department.

Nagaland Forest Minister Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire joined the locals in celebrating the arrival of �Naga� and �Pangti� at Pangti village.

While migrating to African sub-continent every winter to escape the extreme cold of Siberia, thousands of Amur Falcon birds roost in Nagaland for over a month.

The satellite-tagging was a collaborative effort of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS-UNEP), Birdlife Hungary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEFCC) and the Nagaland Forest department. � PTI

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