Bengal reports 489 species during count

Bengal reports 489 species during count

Context :

  • West Bengal reported the highest number of species of birds, followed by Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh during the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2023 across 35 States and Union Territories from February 17 to February 20.
  • While West Bengal reported 489 species, Uttarakhand recorded 426, Arunachal Pradesh 407, Assam 397 and Karnataka 371 species.
  • Tamil Nadu and Kerala took the eighth and ninth spots with 349 and 325 species, respectively.
  • Kerala, on the other hand, recorded the highest number of checklists of birds.

More about (BCI) Bird Count India :

  • The BCI is an informal partnership of organisations and groups working together to increase collective knowledge about bird distributions and populations.
  • India was among 190 countries that participated in the GBBC 2023, an annual event that brings bird enthusiasts, students and nature enthusiasts together for counting birds they see around the places where they live, work or study.
  • The preliminary report released by the BCI said that more than 46,000 checklists and a total of 1,067 avian species were uploaded on e-Bird, an online platform to record bird observations.
  • The GBBC 2023 showed India’s birds are thriving in diverse habitats from the city to the countryside.
  • A remarkable increase in participation across the country helped India upload the second-highest number of checklists after the United States and the third-highest species of any country.
  • The event was significant as it encouraged students to learn more about birds and to take initiatives to observe them.


Syllabus : Prelims; Environment