Nagaland State guest, the Amur Falcons (Falcon Amurenisis), have started arriving at the roosting site at Ntu-Barak valley in Nagaland. The birds, which undertake one of the longest migrations, were seen in thousands on October 25 at the roosting site of the valley and are expected to arrive in multitudes in the coming days.
Beside the Ntu-Barak valley, the Amur Falcons also roost at Doyang areas, Wokha district, Niuland area, Dimapur district and Yaongyimchen in Longleng district.
Mention may be made here that last year a total of five Satellite tracking Solar-powered Amur Falcon were tagged and released from Nagaland, namely Amur Falcon Hakhizhe, Amur Falcon Intangki, Amur Falcon Longleng, Amur Falcon Eninum and Amur Falcon Phom.
Caroline K. Angami, IFS, Wildlife Warden, Dimapur in a press release informed that Amur Falcon is protected under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and that trapping or killing of the birds is a Criminal Offence punishable with 3 years rigorous imprisonment or fine of Rs.25,000/- (twenty-five thousand only) or both with fine and imprisonment.
Wildlife Warden, Dimapur has also appealed to all not to harm or kill but to welcome ‘our state guest and make their stay pleasant and provide safe passage to the bird which has put Nagaland on a Global map and has brought accolades to the State both nationally and internationally as conservationists.’
Source- Morung Express