Berhampur, Jan 13: The annual bird census that was conducted in Chilika lake this year has laid out the fact that the number of migratory birds to the lagoon has increased this year in comparison to the previous year. The number of the migratory birds which was 8,58,855 last year has gone up to 9,24,353 birds. Among the 167 species of migratory birds which have flown to this largest brackish water lake in Asia this year, 100 species are water birds and the rest 67 species are swamp birds. Also, three new species have also been located in Mangalajodi area. Likewise, 10,931 winged guests belonging to 142 species have entered the Chandaka forest division located on the outskirts of Odisha capital this year. Around 26 species of migratory birds have thronged the Chandaka this year.
Thus, currently, the bird census is being carried out at 17 forest divisions across Odisha and it will be concluded by the end of January. This was informed by the chief wildlife warden to the media.