Population survey on Baer’s Pochard to be conducted in mid-winter season

With the aid of the World Wildlife Trust (WWT) and the Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA), a local non-government organization, will conduct a survey on the Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri) population in inland lakes in Myanmar at the end of February.
Baer’s Pochard is a type of duck found in eastern Asia that breeds in southeast Russia and northeast China, migrating in winter to the countries on the Central Asian Flyway, including Myanmar.
There is no estimation of ducks population in the survey, but foreign ornithologists expect that those ducks are likely to exit in the country, Daw Thiri Dae Wei Aung of BANCA said.
The survey will be conducted in Kyayni, Myittha, Taungpyan Sedawgyi, Paleik and Inlay lakes in Myanmar’s central dry zone by direct meeting with local people, she added.
The species was last seen in Inlay Lake in Shan State in 2006, bird observers said.
According to estimations, the global population of Baer’s Pochard is more than 700. It is 50 per cent sure to go extinct in the coming five years and has been classified as a critically endangered species as the population is in a globally decline since 2012.
More than 80 kinds of water bird species usually migrate to Myanmar for wintering. Baer’s Pochard migrates to Myanmar in the mid-winter season.
Myanmar’s total bird species will be 1,114, including new species found within the late five years from 2010 to 2014. Forty-nine are in danger of extinction.  Currently BNACA has been carried out conservation of Spoon-billed Sandpipers (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus), a small wader and critically endangered, in Mottama Gulf.

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