Update March 2, 2015

Dhaka 2-37 pm, 25-May, 2020

New species of bird spotted

Sumel Sarker

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Greater Hoopoe-lark

02 March 2015, Nirapad News: A bird species named Greater Hoopoe-lark has been spotted for the first time in the country, in a char (shoal) in the Jamuna River.

A joint research team of Jahangirnagar University and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found the bird while monitoring the bio-diversity of the Jamuna and its islands.

“The record of this species from our char lands justifies the significance of habitats of birds like Greater Hoopoe-lark. This sighting in Bangladesh clearly indicates that the natural distribution of this species has been extended. But we should conduct more studies to get better understanding of this bird,” said Dr Kamrul Hasan of Jahangirnagar University, who is heading the survey team.

Greater Hoopoe-lark is a breeding resident of arid, desert and semi-desert regions of North Africa, through the Arabian peninsula, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This species is distinct from other larks with its distinctive down-curved bill. It forages by probing and digging the ground.

However, bird specialist Enam Ul Haque said he had yet to confirm about the identity of the bird as he has not seen the photographs meticulously, but said it could be a possibility.

Currently there are around 300 species of migratory birds that are known to come to Bangladesh every year.

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