The elusive Lesser Floricans, which disappear from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh after breeding in the monsoon, will now be tracked with the help of satellite transmitters. A first-of-its-kind scientific experiment by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will soon begin in Sonkhliya in Ajmer, where about 200 birds can be spotted at the moment. Initially, only two birds will be fitted with transmitters to trace their migration pattern before they fly off to some unknown destination by September end.
Every year, these birds reach the north-western regions of the country taking advantage of the advancing monsoon to breed and raise families in the grasslands. After chicks are reared by end of September, they return to some ‘unknown areas’ in central-southern India.
According to WII officials, “The proposal is ready and awaiting approval of the union ministry of environment & forests. We are running short of time as the bird migrates locally by September end only to come back the following monsoon.”
Source: Times of India