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Villagers welcome arrival of two satellite-tagged Amur Falcons

PTI 05 Nov 2014, 17:30:48 PM IST

Kohima: Villagers in Wokha district welcomed the arrival of two satellite-tagged migratory Amur Falcon birds here.

The two—‘Naga' and ‘Pangti'—were among three birds, which were fitted with satellite chips on November 7 last year, were welcomed by villagers during an event organised yesterday at watch tower-cum-resting shed under the aegis of Nagaland Forest Department.

Nagaland Forest Minister Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire joined the locals in celebrating the arrival of ‘Naga' and ‘Pangti' at Pangti village.

While migrating to African sub-continent every winter to escape the extreme cold of Siberia, thousands of Amur Falcon birds roost in Nagaland for over a month.  

The satellite-tagging was a collaborative effort of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS-UNEP), Birdlife Hungary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEFCC) and the Nagaland Forest Department.

Village functionaries, Government departments, organisations and individuals involved in the protection of the migratory birds came together to pay tribute to the Amur Falcons which have put Nagaland on the global map as “The Falcon Capital of the World”.