Rare Tytler’s leaf warbler bird sighted in Bihar, 1st time in this area

A bird of Phylloscopidae family, Tytler is a ‘threatened bird specie’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list

Tytler's leaf warbler

Patna: A rare specie of bird, Tytler’s leaf warbler, has been spotted for the first time in Bihar. A medium-sized leaf-warbler with a comparatively long and slender bill and prominent supercilium was recently spotted at Sundervan in the bird district ringing station in Bhagalpur district, said the additional principal chief conservator of forests, Bihar, & chief wildlife warden PK Gupta.

The forest official claimed that Tytler’s leaf warbler is a ‘threatened bird specie’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list.

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The Tytker’s leaf warbler, a bird of Phylloscopidae family, was accidentally spotted by the forest officials during a routine bird monitoring activity at Sundervan in Bhagalpur. “It is the first authentic record of the occurrence of this species in the lower elevation at an altitude of 52 metres above the mean sea level (MSL) and also in the Gangetic plains in Bihar. Therefore, we are very excited after the discovery of the rare bird species,” Gupta said.

As far as available records. Tytler’s leaf Warbler follows an altitudinal migration. It breeds in the western Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand at the high altitude. In winter, it migrates to southern India, particularly in the Western Ghats and the Nilgiris,” he said.

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Officials said that the species was occasionally sighted in the Saurashtra and Morbi region of Gujarat, Panna and Melghat tiger reserves and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (Karnataka), the forest official said.”Collection of the species from Etawah (on April 7, 1879) and Gorakhpur (February 18, 1910) is the easternmost existing record of the species reported during return migration,” the chief wildlife warden said, adding, after that, “no sighting of Tytler’s leaf Warbler has been recorded” from this area.

Gorakhpur, according to the forest terminology, is considered in eastern India. Bihar has become the fourth state in the country to have a bird ringing (tagging) station, wherein rings are placed on the legs of winged species to study their migration pattern, mortality, territoriality and other behaviour with the help of encrypted codes embedded in the attached tracking device, Gupta said.

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“Bird ringing is a useful research instrument used to collect information on the survival, productivity and movement of migratory birds, helping us to keep an eye on their populations,” the official added.

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