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Updated on: Sunday, November 07, 2021, 12:54 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh: 75 species of birds, 45 of butterflies found in Mandav

These species add to the beauty of Mandav and helped the forest department determine the need for protection and improvement areas in the area.
Surveyors from Indore and forest officials at Mandav for conducting the first-ever bird and butterfly survey |

Surveyors from Indore and forest officials at Mandav for conducting the first-ever bird and butterfly survey |

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Indore (Madhya Pradesh): More than 75 species of birds and 45 species of butterflies were identified in the first-ever butterfly and bird survey at Mandav. It was noted that these species can be identified and their presence can be documented.

These species add to the beauty of Mandav and helped the forest department determine the need for protection and improvement areas in the area.

Rajnish Singh, assistant conservator of forests, said that, for the first time, a Butterfly Survey and Bird Survey was done in Mandav.

“Generally, the population is controlled by climatic factors such as temperature, relative humidity, rainfall and photoperiodism etc. and sometimes it may not be so. It has been found that the highest population was in winter and low in summer in many studies. After winter, the population generally declines due to the departure of migratory species,” Mohanta said.

Statistics of the survey

Total Trails: 05

Total Volunteers: 18

Total No. Of Birds Species Reported: 78

Total No. Of Butterflies Species Reported: 44

Total No. Of Plants Species Reported: 39

Unique Butterfly species found

African Babul Blue

Conjoined Swift

Wanderer

Common Rose

Forget Me Not

Unique Bird species found

Indian Eagle Owl

Common Chif Chaff

Indian Night Jar

Tawny Billed Pipit

The team of surveyors

Wildlife Warriors team with 18 volunteers along with forest officials forming a team conducted the survey.

Anil Nagar retired CCF; Kritika Patidar; Grishma Trivedi; Dr Vipul Kirti Sharma; Shubham Purohit; Pankaj Khanna; DFO Akshay Rathod; SDO Santosh Ranshore; and ranger Pravesh Patidar formed and lead the team from forest dept.

Swapnil Phanse, Sachin Matkar, Abhishek Paliwal and Ritesh Khabia headed the team of volunteers, who were mainly from Indore.

Bird surveys being conducted to document & provide habitat

This year, 2021, forest department began conducting surveys for preserving the population of birds and butterflies in the state.

Among these surveys, the first-ever survey was conducted at Ralamandal, Indore. Further, even the second round of the survey was conducted in July. Ralamandal will be conducting survey for every season, i.e. four surveys of birds every year starting from this year, said Mohanta.

More than 103 species of butterflies spotted in the first-ever Butterfly Survey that was conducted in Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary in September 2021.

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Published on: Sunday, November 07, 2021, 12:54 AM IST
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