Amur falcons are back to India. Let me share story, a bird which crosses Himalayas enroute to India from Mongolia & Arabian Sea for going to Africa. This bird covers 22,000 KMs flying. One of the nature’s amazing wonder. In Nagaland they come in hundreds of thousands & stay. 1/n
While we were inside. Irang an Amur falcon was radio tagged by WII in Manipur. It went to South Africa, returned back to China. On October it again started journey. And in one year it covered 29,000 kms & back to Manipur. Which machine can beat that.
In one study three Amur falcons were radio tagged named as Naga, Pangati & Wokha. By 13 November they left Nagaland & by 25th December all three were in Southern Africa. With some halts in India. They took longest over water journey. Imagine the distance they covered flying.
”Naga”, flew from Nagaland in India to Somalia in eastern Africa, for five days and 10 hours non-stop and covering a distance of some 5,600km. Since a million Amur falcons arrive in Nagaland, it is also called as Amur falcon capital of the world.
Amur falcons were hunted extensively once. By raising awareness about their role & route of migration and involving communities their conservation work is paying good dividends. This is only one such bird, in nature birds migrate & all needs protection.
This one is Naga. They travel from eastern Asia all the way to southern Africa and back every year (as map shared above). What a journey this bird is taking. They cross high Himalayas (special adaptations) & rest in India for their further journey. PC Nick Williams.
Till 2012 they were hunted in thousands in Nagaland. Which became a huge issue. Later govts, community members & NGOs came forward to conserve them. Now Nagaland happily welcome them & even celebrate Amur Falcon festival every year. A great success story. PC Nagalandpost
Amur Falcun named Hakizhe was tagged in Nagaland in Oct 2016 by Wildlife Institute of India, Which was tracked in Dwarka #Gujarat on 14th May 2017.

Hakizhe travelled journey of 5600 kms in only 5 days and 10 hours at that time to reach dwarka.

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