After travelling an aerial distance of three,228 km from Seychelles islands off East Africa coast to Mumbai area, a sub-adult sooty tern (seabird) succumbed to exhaustion on the Sanjay Gandhi Nationwide Park (SGNP) on Wednesday.
The state forest division and Bombay Pure Historical past Society (BNHS) stated this was a novel identification. “This can be a first such documentation of this species masking such a distance and reaching Mumbai. We now have determined to protect its physique by taxidermy,” stated Sunil Limaye, extra principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife-west).
The chicken was first recognized and rescued from Parmar Techno Centre premises in Vasai at 11.30am on Monday. “Not like different birds on this area, the species was distinctive. It was mendacity on the bottom alive however worn out. We had been astonished to see a tool connected to its again. The machine was eliminated and we ensured it was hydrated,” stated Nitin Parab, an promoting skilled, who approached Waliv police for assist. The police handed over the chicken to SGNP for additional veterinary care on Tuesday.
The seabird, recognized to fly lengthy distances throughout oceans, had a 5gm satellite tv for pc tag (GPS logger tracker with ID 183016) connected to its again, and a metallic ring (used to tag birds) on its proper leg. “The tracker is price ₹three lakh and correct paperwork is underway to return it to Seychelles,” stated Vijay Barabde, RFO, SGNP.
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, and BNHS had been contacted to hint the supply of the chicken. “Utilizing the e-mail id supplied on the machine, we learnt that this chicken was tagged together with 14 others by professor Chris Feare’s group WildWings Hen Administration on Hen Island, Seychelles, in August 2019,” stated Suresh Kumar, senior scientist, WII. He stated two of 15 terns had been geo-located off India’s west coast on July 13 and added, “Nonetheless, the opposite chicken’s precise location is but to be traced.”
In the meantime, SGNP veterinarian Dr Shailesh Pethe and Kumar stated sturdy localised monsoon winds might have drifted the chicken inland 6-Eight km away from sea. “Prima facie the chicken died on account of sheer exhaustion and dehydration,” stated Dr Pethe.
BNHS mapped the aerial distance lined by the sooty tern.
The chicken’s wingspan was 30 inches and whole size 6-Eight inches. BNHS developed a map and calculated the precise distance the chicken travelled (see map).
BNHS stated the chicken was a uncommon coastal migrant, particularly for Mumbai area. “There are data of this chicken breeding at Vengurla rocks in Sindhudurg. It was first recorded as early as 1881 from Bombay harbour and thereafter a number of data from the Maharashtra shoreline,” stated Raju Kasambe, assistant director, BNHS.
Specialists stated it was an fascinating identification. “That is an instance of exceptional outcomes being given by satellite tv for pc monitoring know-how, however it’s disappointing that the chicken didn’t survive. Sadly, the federal government shouldn’t be keen to ease restrictions on satellite tv for pc telemetry research for extra such outcomes,” stated Dr Asad Rahmani, member, Wetlands Worldwide South Asia.
SEABIRD SOOTY TERN
Identified to nest on sandy islands and frequenting heat tropical waters, these birds have a darkish black again with black to gray flight feathers, slender white edges on its tail, and a white underbelly extending from the bottom of its beak, undersides of its wing span and as much as its ft.