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Curlew Sandpiper tagged by Mumbai's BNHS, respotted 4,500 km away in China

This bird was tagged on 18 March 2019 at the TS Chanakya wetland by BNHS Scientist Mrugank Prabhu and his team.

Mumbai-based wildlife research organisation, Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has been working across India since 1883 for the cause of wildlife conservation. Recently, the findings of BNHS regarding migratory birds have surfaced as a Curlew Sandpiper tagged by the society, was spotted in China. In past years, other migratory birds tagged by the BNHS, such as Terek Sandpiper and Northern Shoveler, have been re-sighted in nearby countries.

Spotted in the first week of May

Native to Russia's Arctic Tundra, Curlew Sandpiper is a medium-sized water bird that was tagged on 18 March 2019, at the TS Chanakya wetland near Palm Beach Road in Nerul, by BNHS Scientist Mrugank Prabhu and his team. Subsequently, this bird was seen at the Bhandup pumping station on 13 January 2020. It was seen again last month, some 4,500 km away in Tangu Saltpans, Tianjin, China.

Curlew Sandpipers tagged by BNHS as a part of various studies, have been frequently spotted around the city. However, the 2021 resighting is significant for being the first international resighting of a water bird, that was tagged off the coast of Mumbai. This is a significant achievement as far as studying the migration pattern of birds is concerned.

Other international sightings of birds tagged by BNHS

During the migratory season, several birds tagged by BNHS are resighted at different locations in India and abroad. Last month, Terek Sandpiper, tagged in Gujarat, was spotted in Pakistan's Jandola. In April 2018, a Northern Shoveler tagged at Lake Chilika in Orissa was resighted in Uzbekistan. Similar resightings have been noted in Hong Kong and Bangladesh over the past years.

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India falls under the Central Asian Flyway (CAF), the path in the sky that is followed by migratory birds and BNHS is surveying the sites, that fall on this flyway. In the past four years, around 10,000 birds belonging to 36 different species have been recorded on the coast of Maharashtra and efforts of BNHS are helping in understanding the mysterious ecology of bird migration. So if you are a bird enthusiast, don't forget to stay updated with BNHS.

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