ZSI publishes guide to birds

Kolkata: The first such illustrated guide with original photographs of the various bird species recorded in Sunderban Biosphere Reserve (SBR) compiled by Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has been published by the Chief of the Government Forestry Force of Bengal Ravi Kant Sinha on Monday in the presence of senior officials of the department.

“The ‘Birds of the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve’ guide is the first comprehensive field guide to the birds of the Sunderbans. A total of 428 species recorded in the SBR represents one third of the total number of birds over 1,300 recorded in India, ”said Dr Kailash Chandra, Director of ZSI.

Sunderbans which is a UNESCO site happens to be one of the largest deltas in the world. Sunderbans, famous for its Royal Bengal Tiger, is also one of the largest mangrove forests in the world.

The mud flats and wetlands of the Sunderbans serve as a stopover site for many migratory birds on their flight south and back.

“We organize an annual bird count by inviting many birders across the country and this manual will certainly help them in their efforts,” Sinha wrote in the manual’s foreword.

Birds have been classified into different categories as common, uncommon, rare, threatened, etc.

the manager said.

The manual priced at Rs 300 will be sold at a reduced price in various Sunderbans tourist sites.