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Nagaland declared ‘Falcon Capital of the World’

Amur falcons near the Doyang reservoir in Wokha district of Nagaland.

Nagaland has been declared as the “Falcon capital of the world” after estimating that about one million Amur Falcons roost in the State during the small aerial predators’ annual migration on way to South Africa. The phenomenon is declared the largest in the world.

The researched led by an international team of scientists and ornithologists from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Wildlife Institute of India, Convention on Migratory Species Office, United Nations Environment Programme and Environment Agency undertook a joint scientific mission to satellite-tag the Amur Falcons in Doyang under Wokha district of Nagaland.

“This is by far the largest and most spectacular roost of any species of Falcon ever seen anywhere in the world; it represents a unique and irreplaceable part of the rich biodiversity of Nagaland”, says Nick Williams, Head of the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).

(Picture: Amur falcons near the Doyang reservoir in Wokha district of Nagaland)

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