Migratory birds flock to wetland, coastal areas

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Migratory birds have flocked to the wetland and coastal areas of Pakistan as they start their annual migration from colder regions, especially Siberia, in search of food and a warmer climate.Some of these migratory birds include pelicans, mallards, cranes, ducks, geese, swans, and waders.

These birds leave their habitat in winter after their food – fish and seaweed – gets submerged under a thick layer of ice.

According to WWF-Pakistan official Moazzam Khan, these birds enter Pakistan through the Indus Flyway Zone, Balochistan, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Some of these birds move to wet-lands while others flock to the plains, he added.In Sindh, they flock to the areas of Keenjhar Lake, Haleji Lake along with the coastal areas of Karachi, Badin, and Nagarparkar.

They stay in Pakistan for a period of four months i.e. from December to March. Over their four months stay in Pakistan, some spe-cies also reproduce here.Khan, a technical adviser to the WWF, said the number of these birds has been declining due to climate change and gross administrative negligence.

He said the wetlands and waterways have shrunk over the years, adding that hunting is also one of the factors in the decrease of their number. Sindh Wildlife Assistant Conservator Mumtaz Ali Soomro said that after a decrease in the number of migratory birds a few years ago.

 

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