Waterbird species down by half in EGREE Region


  • The number of water bird species has declined by half in most habitats across the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem (EGREE) region. This was revealed during a census conducted in the region, including the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary and parts of Mada forest and Papikondalu regions.
  • The census was conducted on February 20 and 21 in accordance with Asian Waterbird Census guidelines.

Other facts:

  • It was found that the number of waterbird species has come down to half compared with the Asian Waterbird Census 2017.
  • However, it is noteworthy that in the census, uncommon bird species such as Eurasian spoonbill or common spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia, Oyster catcher (Haematopus ostralegus) and Yellow bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) were recorded.
  • The Yellow bittern was not recorded in previous census.


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