Bird Watching

Watch: Arunachal CM shares wild pigeon nesting video

Pema Khandou, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, shared a video on Wednesday of a feral pigeon sitting comfortably in its nest. The video was taken at the chief minister’s residence in Tawang district.

While sharing the 23-second music video, Khandu wrote, “As I was walking around my residence in Tawang, the chatter of a bird caught my attention. As I approached, I saw a feral pigeon in its nest among the green twigs of plants. Watching a bird in its nest is not only beautiful but enjoyable. Preserve our birds.

The Chief Minister’s video comes almost a year after the launch of Abhiyan Air Gun Drop. The Air Gun Surrender Abhiyan is a state-run initiative that invites people to voluntarily surrender their air guns to stop the indiscriminate killing of birds in Arunachal Pradesh. The program is completely voluntary and aims to raise awareness of bird conservation.

In Arunachal Pradesh, 80% of the area is covered in forests rich in biodiversity, including more than 250 species of birds. However, the prevalence of hunting has threatened many of these species.

In February 2022, a video of a Critically endangered white-bellied heron spotted in the Kamlang Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh have surfaced online, much to the delight of birdwatchers and environmental activists. The rare bird has been labeled as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.