NAINITAL: The first phase of the Corbett Tiger Reserve’s (CTR’s) first-ever bird survey has documented over 350 species spread across the region. The three-day first phase which concluded this week has identified 11 types of woodpeckers along with five species of barbets and five types of parakeet, among many other species of birds.
It is estimated that Corbett has around 500 bird species. However, no official survey has been done as yet to document the exact number of bird species in the reserve. Speaking to TOI, Shah Belal, senior wildlife biologist at CTR, said the three-day survey reiterated that there is little to be concerned about the Great Hornbill species whose numbers were believed to be decreasing. “The birds indicate the health of a forest.
Till now, it was believed that there are around 500 bird species here but we now estimate that the number is much higher. We have also found Great Hornbills in several habitats which allay the fear that their numbers are decreasing,” he said. The survey was undertaken by 26 teams, each with a bird expert. Belal said the next two phases of the survey will be conducted after the monsoons and during winters to document migratory birds.