IMPHAL, Nov 7 - Satellite tagging of two Amur Falcons including a male and female bird in the name of Manipur and Tamenglong will popularise these two places across the globe.
This was felt by Tamenglong MLA Samuel Jendai and Principal chief conservator of forest K Angami during the day-long Amur Falcon festival at Tamenglong town on Monday. The festival was organised by Rainforest Club of Tamenglong in collaboration with Tamenglong district Forest division. This year’s theme of the festival was “Honour the Treasured Wings.”
Satellite tagging of two birds were done by Dehradun based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) expert Dr Suresh Kumar and Hungarian ornithologists – Peter Fehervari and Peter Palatitz. They had earlier done it in association with Nagaland Forest department at Doyang in Nagaland five years back to track their migration.
We’ve witnessed non-stop five day and 10 hour flight during that time by one male Amur Falcon after tagging. This is said to be one of the longest flight by any species of Falcon ever seen, said Dr Kumar.
Samuel Jendai, MLA, also presented citation certificates to five villages – Chiuluan, Bamgaijang, Phalong (Bhalok) Ajuram and Sonpram for their efforts to preserve and protect biodiversity including Amur Falcons.
PCCF K Angami mentioned that Phalong (Bhalok) village has been declared as Amur Falcon village. He also suggested that Tamenglong district should be named as “Amur Falcon District” as the migratory birds come and rest in many villages in the district.
Amur Falcons come to Tamenglong annually during winter to stay and hunt for termites and other pests for a month.