More than 9000 birds in Cotton College State University alone: Survey

Guwahati: In the Campus Bird Count held from February 12 to 15 to document bird life across campuses of educational institutions in the country, Cotton College State University (CCSU) spotted 9,348 birds belonging to 43 species on its Panbazar campus.

The Campus Bird Count is part of the global 'Great Backyard Bird Count',

The CCSU's efforts were coordinated by Narayan Sharma of the university's department of environmental biology and wildlife sciences. Around 35 participants, including students and faculty members from CCSU, Gauhati University and Cotton College, would get together early in the mornings and late in the afternoons on the four days to document bird life on the campus.

"The results were submitted to the eBird portal. The CCSU counted group 9,348 birds belonging to 43 distinct species over a period of 34 hours covering 8.7 km in its campus during the four-day period," said Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, vice-chancellor of CCSU.

Only one of the species sighted on campus, the red-breasted parakeet, belongs to the 'near-threatened' category of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List. The others belong to the 'least concern' category.

The five most common species sighted were the house crow, the Asian pied starling, the black kite, the rose-ringed parakeet and the common myna. Rarer sightings included peregrine falcons and a grey-headed canary flycatcher, Saikia said.

Guwahati: In the Campus Bird Count, part of the Global Backyard Bird Count held from February 12 to 15 to document bird life across campuses of educational institutions in the country, the Cotton College State University group counted 9,348 birds belonging to 43 species in its Panbazar campus.

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