Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary under Shergaon forest division in Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has appealed to guides and tourists to say ‘no’ to call playback. Call playback is used to attract a bird into view by playing a recording of a bird call/song; it is used by some bird guides to lure rare birds into open spaces so that tourists can photograph the winged delights.
The DFO of Shergaon forest division, Millo Tasser said that two meetings with local bird guides and tour operators were held on educating and sensitizing wildlife photographers and tourists about the use of playback in and around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. ‘It is just that we want people to accept nature as it is,’ he said.
Bird diversity in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is the highest in India with 700 species. The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative says a bird perceives the recorded call/song as a competitor in its territory and may then expend time and energy investigating and challenging the ‘intruder’.
Experts state that according to recent research, call playback has substantial negative impact on birds as it can cause stress, serious expenditure of energy and pair break-up, which can be disruptive. During the breeding season, this practice can distract adults from courtship, territory defending and other tasks pertinent to successful breeding.