Researchers find rare bird species in Chin Hills

Black Eagle.
Black Eagle.

Nay Pyi Taw, 17 March — A research team in Chin State recently observed a number of rare bird species including the dark-rumped swift, which is threatened by habitat loss.
A  team comprising researchers from the Ministry of Environmental Conservation  and Forestry, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National University of Singapore spotted eight dark-rumped swift (Apus acuticauda) at the Bontala Waterfall in Matupi, Chin State, during their survey from 22 to 27 February, according to MECF.
In other significant sightings, the groups spotted the rare collar dove, which can be found only in the tropical zone, and the black eagle.
Parakeet, barbet and hill myna are mostly found in the area between Bagan and Kanpatlat, a member of the team said.
According to records, Myanmar is home to 1,056 bird species, comprising 36.4 per cent of the 2,900 species in Southeast Asia, or 11 per cent of the 9,600 species of the world.
During the survey, the team recorded 251 bird species and took blood samples of 59 species to conduct DNA tests to determine whether there has been mixing between separate populations in Rakhine and Chin states. — GNLM

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