Friday, 28 August 2015

Native Bird of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

A Blue-Footed Booby Bird, which is a native Bird Watching in Andaman and Nicobar islands, was rescued from the Juhu beach by the local police Saturday night. The bird is said to have floated across as a result of migration or trade. According to bird helplines, this is the fourth time such a bird has been rescued in the state this month.

The bird was not seen in the area for more than a decade. The helplines also said this pattern is being noticed only in the state. “We have called most of the bird helplines in India. But this trend is being seen only in Maharashtra, where the bird has been rescued once from Deonar, the other time from Ratnagiri and twice from the city this month,” said Nitin Valmiki, zoologist from the organisation Ecoecho.

The bird was rescued by police officials near the beach. “On Saturday there was sparse crowd on the beach due to which we were able to see the small bird floating across the high tides,” said Prakash Katake from the Juhu police station.

The bird had to be kept in the police station for the entire day and while it was rehabilitated in the evening, its life couldn’t be saved.

“The bird is not found on the shores of islands and flies over deep sea. The bird therefore may have been brought to the city by some boat or ship, which was sailing in the deep waters and might have caught hold of it,” said Mr Valmiki.

He also added that the bird could not survive, as the environment of the city must have proved stressful for it. “When we had brought it back, the bird was already dull and looked lifeless and even when there were no external injuries on it, it could not be saved,” he added.

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