Jaipur: A steppe eagle named Kenzhika, which was tagged in the Altai-Sayan region, came to Jorbeer for a winter stay after traveling a distance of 4,686 km.
This is the third time that a tagged Steppe Eagle has been recorded at Jorbeer, the hub for migrating birds of prey in Rajasthan.
Bird watchers following the migration path claimed the bird flew from Russia to Bikaner via the route to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (via Jaisalmer and Jodhpur).
Dau Lal Bohra, a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), said the bird was tagged by the Russian Raptor Conservation and Research Network with scientists Igor Karyakin and Elvira Nikolenko and qu ‘he was on his first trip to Rajasthan. âIt’s a good sign that raptors from the Altai Sayan region are coming to the Thar Desert. In previous studies on migratory routes, it was found that these birds flew as far as Mongolia and Oman, âhe added.
Although migratory birds from this Important Bird Area (IBA) site have started to arrive and 17 species can be seen at this carcass dump site, little action has been taken by the Center and the government of the United States. ‘State to protect these winged guests.
Bhawana Tanwar, a wildlife researcher, said: âIn the past two weeks, carcasses of six steppe eagles have been found, which have died from electrocution and for unidentified reasons.
As Jorbeer is home to the largest number of raptors in the country and in Asia, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) is expected to develop a conservation plan with the state.
Sources said that a steppe eagle named Kenjyk, which arrived in Rajasthan in March 2021, was suspected of being hunted by the nomadic Bawaria tribe in Jhunjhunu district. The bird was tagged in central Kazakhstan in 2018, died on its third trip to Rajasthan.
âThe forestry and police administration have been informed of the poaching of tagged birds, however, no concrete action has been taken. Electric shock, poaching, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and attacks by wild dogs are major threats to these raptors in Rajasthan. But the state government has not taken the problem seriously, âa source said.