Six white-headed stilts (Himantopus Leucocephalus), which will become a new migratory bird species in Myanmar, were spotted in the last two years.
U Thet Zaw Naing, a bird expert from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Myanmar programme, said: “It is a new migratory bird species which was never seen in Myanmar before. Last year, this bird species was found in Inle Lake and then in Taungthaman Lake.
This year, it was found in Taungthaman Lake and Moeyungyi Lake. We will designate it as a new migratory bird species if we spot it again next winter.”
This species of bird was seen in Inle Lake in the winter of 2017 for the first time.
Bird observers found this bird four times in two years in those natural lakes. WCS, the international organisation which saves wildlife and wild places worldwide, has been working in Myanmar since 1993. Since then, the WCS has been conducting biological surveys, monitoring populations of key wildlife species, assisting in the establishment of protected areas and providing staff with training on landscape management.
The WCS also protects Myanmar’s endangered endemic star tortoises in three protected areas, including Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary in Bagan, Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary in Minbu Township and Minsontaung Wildlife Sanctuary in Natogyi Township.