Increase of rare bird species in Valley of Flowers (25th August, 2016): Good news for those who are bird watchers. Six new species of birds have been found in Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. The scientists have used GPS technique and wild life photography to observe the activities and voices of the new bird species.
The scientists from Wild Life Institute of India, Dehradun reached Valley of Flowers during 12th – 20th August, 2016 to the research on the birds habituating in this area. As per the observation, six new rare species of birds have been identified. These species are pink-browed rosefinch, common rosefinch, variegated laughing thrust, red fronted bullfinch, common kestrel, large build crow. A study was also done last year on birds in the valley. At that time only three rare species were found, and those were related with grey wagtail bird species. These new species are showing the indications of increase in the bird species, which is a good sign for biodiversity. Though there are some 30 more bird species, these are common birds found in other areas also.
The six new bird species are commonly found in Europe and China. These species are rarely found in any other part of the country. The bird watchers can enjoy the bird species of the park, due to discovery of new species of birds. The scientist community is also very excited, and will go to the study next year in August, 2017.
Valley of Flowers is one of the sought after tourist destinations for nature lovers. One has to trek to reach to this place. Normally this place opens in the month of June and gets closed by October every year.
Valley of Flowers is a national park located in the district of Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
The area of this park 87.5 sqkm.
Valley of Flowers was declared the national park in 1982.