Amur Falcon Dance Festival on Oct 26
Amur Falcon has started arriving in Manipur’s Tamenglong district. The migratory bird was seen arriving in the district on Monday, officials said. As told by Range Officer Tamenglong district of Manipur Forest Department, Kh Hitler, over a lakh of the migratory bird were spotted at the district headquarters and Barak by Tamenglong locals on Monday. The number is expected to increase in coming days, he added.
The migratory bird, from Siberia and China enroute to South Africa will remain in the state till the end of November.
Officials of the forest department in the districts have been conducting widespread awareness campaigns and posters have been put up to prevent killing or poaching of the migratory bird.
A dance festival celebrating the visit of Amur Falcon will be held in October 26 under the aegis of local clubs and departments at Tamenglong, the Range Officer stated.
The bird feeds on the rats, grasshoppers and other insects thereby relieving crops of damage from pests.
Tamenglong CMO and District Wild Life Warden Dr Chambo Gonmei have also assured full protection of the bird during its stay in the state. The step has been initiated after the large scale killing of Amur Falcons which sojourned in Tamenglong for at least a month till end of November every year before flying over the Central Indian plain and Arabian Sea to finally arrive at the Eastern African countries.
The bird also sojourned in parts of Nagaland and the authority have reportedly taken up necessary steps to control the killing of Amur Falcon during winter in their state.
Amur Falcons were being targeted in thousands by hunters at Tamenglong particularly in the Barak range when they visit the hill district and contiguous areas including Assam and Nagaland since past two week. The birds continue to eat winged termites during their sojourn in hill district.