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WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES OF NORTH EAST

Digboi Oilfield Reserve Forest.
Digboi oil field nature reserves around the world’s oldest operating oilfield in Eastern Assam harbour some interesting birds.
You are likely to come across Pied Falconet, Oriental Hobby, White-cheeked Partridge, Grey Peacock Pheasant, Wreathed Hornbill, Blue-naped Pitta, Collared Treepie, Streaked & Spotted Wren Babblers, Chestnut-backed and Rufous-necked Laughing Thrushes, White-hooded Babbler, Pygmy Blue Flycatcher, White-spectacled & Grey-cheeked Warblers, Black-breasted Thrush etc . and if you are lucky you may see the extremely rare White-winged Wood Duck.
regmonkey

Eastern hoolock gibbons found in Assam - NGO’s survey team sights primate species in reserve forests of Sadiya subdivision : Guwahati, May 12: Assam’s primate diversity has now become richer with the sighting of eastern hoolock gibbons (Hoolock leuconedys) in Sadiya subdivision in Tinsukia district — marking the reserve forest as a potential conservation site for the species. This is the first time that this species has been sighted in the state. A survey team, led by Aaranyak’s primatologist Dilip Chetry, stumbled upon the species in three reserved forests of Sadiya subdivision. Before the hoolock gibbon survey was undertaken, the Northeast was known to harbour 11 of the 25 species of these primates present in the country. Of these 11, nine were found in Assam. Now the number stands at 10. The survey was carried out from March to May. A total of 23 groups of eastern hoolock gibbons were sighted. The eastern hoolock gibbon is from the Hylobatidae (gibbon) family. The species is found in Myanmar, east of the Chindwin river, and in south west Yunnan province of China. “The survey team not only sighted the eastern hoolock gibbons but also subsequently identified the species on the basis of scientific observations and research. The colour differences, which distinguish it from the western hoolock gibbons, were confirmed through binoculars and photographs. Their identity was further authenticated by reviewing recent literature and personal correspondence with primate taxonomist Colin P. Groves,” Chetry said today. The primary distinguishing characteristic of the eastern species from their western counterparts is that their limbs are lighter in colour than their body coats. Chetry said though the gibbon survey covered six reserve forests of Sadiya range, the eastern hoolock gibbon was spotted only in three reserve forests — Hallow gaon, Kukuramara and Kundil Kolia. Unfortunately, the survey confirmed the harsh reality that the gibbon population has been wiped out from the other three reserve forests — Deopani, Sadiya Station North Block and Sadiya Station West Block. “The sighting of the eastern hoolock gibbon has added to the state’s primate diversity. It means that Assam now has 10 species of non-human primates and this is the highest diversity of primates in any state of the country,” Chetry said. The study has marked Kundi Kolia reserve forest as a potential conservation site for the species. This being the sole population of the species in Assam, the Kundil Kolia reserve forest can now be upgraded to a wildlife sanctuary under the name of Kundil Kolia wildlife sanctuary for conservation of the rare eastern hoolock gibbon in the state. Last year, eastern hoolock gibbons were sighted in Mehao wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. Around 150 groups of the species were recorded there. The survey also recorded forest loss and fragmentation because of agricultural expansion (ginger and mustard cultivation), encroachment by human settlement and illegal felling of trees. These have been identified as the most discernible factors, posing a grave threat to the survival of gibbons in this area. The study team also noted that the manpower of the forest department in Sadiya Range was grossly inadequate. Only eight forest personnel patrol the entire forest cover of the sub-division and there are no camps inside the forest area.

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firetailedmyzornis sc

Shoot details This bird was photographed at Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary in Jan 2007. It was feeding on sap oozing from a tree and also vigorously guarding it from intruders. I took around half hour to get the right shot of this magnificent but very fast bird. Species details This is a jewel of a bird of our Himalayan forests and quite unlike a babbler - family to which it belongs. It is an unforgettable sight for those who have seen this flitting 12cm sunbird-like rarity in its moist and mossy montane habitat. Sexes similar, the male pictured here has more red on throat and tail. A magnificent wild life sanctuary , Eaglenest is located in the West Kameng district of Western Arunachal with an area of 218 sq.km & altitudinal variation of 500 m-3200 m from South to North. It is accessible up to its highest point though the motorable road stresses up to 2800 metres. This wild life sanctuary is accessible in the monsoons as well due to its location. The vegetation consists of lowland evergreen forest, broad-leaved forest, bamboo, conifers, roadside scrub and farmland. Interesting Species: Ashy Wood-pigeon, Bay Woodpecker, Beautiful Nuthatch, Black-faced Laughing-thrush ,Blue-fronted Robin, Beavan's Bullfinch, Brown Bullfinch, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Common Hill-partridge, Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, Crimson-breasted Pied-woodpecker, Eye-browed Thrush, Golden Bush-robin, Grey-chinned Minivet ,Little Forktail, Pied Falconet, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Hawk-eagle, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Rufous-bellied Bulbul, Rufous-breasted Bush-robin, Scaly Laughing-thrush, Sultan Tit, Temminck's Tragopan, Wallcreeper, Chestnut-headed, Grey-bellied and Slaty-bellied Tesias etc.

picture by fantafabulous
pakke

Pakke Project Tiger is a magnificent Wild Life Sanctuary in Western Arunachal. With an area of 862 sq.km & altitudinal variation of 100-2000m (accessible up to 300 m), it is contiguous with Eagle Nest WLS of Western Arunachal and Nameri National Park of Assam. Low land evergreen forest, shingle banks, farmland, & plantations form the vegetation of Pakke. Interesting Species: : Blue-naped Pitta, Crow-billed Drongo, Daurian Redstart, Emerald Cuckoo, Grey Peacock-pheasant, Ibisbill , Jerdon's Baza ,Lesser Shortwing, Leschenault's Forktail, Lesser Necklaced Laughing-thrush, Maroon Oriole, Pied Falconet , Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Red-headed Trogon, Sultan Tit, White-bellied Yuhina, White-browed Shortwing , White-cheeked Hill-partridge, Wreathed and Great Hornbills, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher-warbler etc.

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