Every year, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds make the long journey across Pakistan on their way to warmer climes. Birds that fly long distances do so for a variety of reasons, including survival in the face of a rapidly changing climate and the relentless expansion of human populations. The province of Sindh in Pakistan is a popular stopover for migrating birds each spring.
Over 613,851 avian visitors were counted by the Sindh Wildlife Department in the province’s southern studied areas between December 2022 and February 2023.
Different species of migratory birds shifted to Sindh
During the survey, the department discovered a number of previously unknown bird species in the area, including the knob-billed duck, Indian spot-billed duck, cottontail, black stork, lesser flamingo, pintail snipe, parasitic jaeger, and great crested jaeger.
Additionally, 41 different species of ducks were seen, all of which are common visitors.
Badin’s Nareri Lake, a lovely body of water located close to the Pakistan-India border, attracted the most number of birds, a total of 100,766.
Additionally, 158,366 migratory birds visited the Rann of Kutch near Badin, 41,112 migrated to Lake Manchar, and 16,790 settled in Port Qasim.
The survey results show that this year the migratory birds nested in numerous other locations besides their typical haunts.
Around 30 locations were surveyed by the Sindh Wildlife Department team between December and February. These locations included Keenjhar Lake, Manchar Lake, Hamal Lake, Haleji Lake, the Rann of Kutch, and Port Qasim.
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