Over 17,000 Asian water birds found in Indawgyi Lake

Forty-one species of more than 17,000 Asian water birds are found in Indawgyi Lake per day.  Photo: Ni Toe (Mohnyin)
Forty-one species of more than 17,000 Asian water birds are found in Indawgyi Lake per day.  Photo: Ni Toe (Mohnyin)

According to surveys conducted by three groups, 41 species of more than 17,000 Asian water birds are found in Indawgyi Lake per day.
Indawgyi Lake is one of the largest inland lakes in Southeast Asia. It is located in Mohnyin Township in the Kachin State of Myanmar.
The Asian water bird survey is conducted annually. According to this year’s survey, being conducted from January 6 to 22, the survey team recorded 17,249 Asian water birds, including 41 species, at Indawgyi Lake on 9 January, according to U Maung Win, an administrator at the Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary.
“The survey was conducted by three survey teams: the Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Fauna and Flora International, Friends of Wild Life, the zoological department from the University of Mandalay, Monywa and Mohnyin, Mandaly Batton in Myanmar tour group and Inn Chit Thu (Lovers of Indawgyi) Tourism Group.
“Next, the survey will be conducted at Inlay Lake Wetland Sanctuary, Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary, Taungthaman Inn, Palake Inn and Pyu Inn. The survey recorded water birds, as well as some 109 species of the forest migratory birds,” U Maung Win added.
WCS and the forest department will send the survey list of water birds conducted in Myanmar to Wet Land International.—Ni Toe (Mohnyin)

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