Winter Guest Arrives at AP
A pair of small gray birds seen in Paderu: Annual arrival from the Himalayas: Their specialty is to come back to the same place next year
The arrival of winter migratory birds to the state has begun. A pair of grey wagtail’s were spotted near Paderu in Visakhapatnam on the 24th of this month. These were recorded by the team of IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research). Gray wagtail birds are widely seen throughout the AP during the winter.
These birds feed mainly on insects. These birds are 18–19 cm long and weigh up to 20 g. These birds move their tail up and down. They breed in the Himalayas and higher elevations every summer. After that they migrated to the southern parts of India. So come in large numbers into our state.
They eat insects on crops.
These birds contribute a lot to our ecosystem by eating more of the insects that are on the crops. These have excellent navigation (travel route) skills. These come to the same place the next year after visiting a place in the winter.
Outside India, the birds breed in Mongolia, Siberia, Russia and China. They stay here in the state from September to March and then travel to the Himalayas and highlands for breeding again.
It is believed in some places that these birds come to their home as Lakshmidevi after the Varalakshmidevi right in the month of Shravanam. Residents of Valparai Hill Station in Tamil Nadu celebrate the arrival of these birds.
150 species of migratory birds
Every year more than 150 species of migratory birds from other states, countries and continents visit the AP during the winter. They come from the Himalayan mountains, Europe, Russia, China, Siberia, the Arctic, and the Atlantic.
Their arrival starts from the end of August and September. These birds are followed by larger birds such as warblers, thrushes, fly catchers, hearers, and kestrels (eagles) that come to swamps and farmland and feed mostly on rats.