Ornithologist can beeline to Belgaum


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Source The Hindu 30 Jan 2008

 Belgaum is home to a good number of bird species. They can be seen hovering all around the city, particularly in the green patches and near water bodies such as tanks and ponds.
The five water ponds nestled in small area of bamboo forest on Belgaum-Hindalga Road near Military Ganapathi Temple, maintained by the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre (MLIRC), are not just ecological habitats of sorts for a few species of birds but also significant to the environment of the city. They are now home for over two dozen bird species.
However, these ponds, known as “Argan Talab” until converted into what is now known as “Watermanship Training Area and Nature Workshop” about 17 years ago, ar
e not open to the public. According to a MLIRC officer looking after the maintenance of these fenced ponds, they are used for imparting training in swimming for the commandos.
Yet, one can take a break to watch different species of birds hovering over them. Some of them even nest and help in multiplying the species.
Among the birds that have made these ponds their home are the Indian Darter, Indian Shag, Open Bill Stork, Little Cormorant, Large Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Large Egret, Medium Egret, Flamingo, Glassy Ibis, White Ibis, Black Bill, Whistling Teal, Blue Winged Teal, Common Teal, Shoveller, White First Geese, White eyed Pochard, Little Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Painted Stork, White Stork, White Neaked Stork and Adjutant Stone.
A large number of other species are found in the district, which is endowed with a rich and variegated fauna and salubrious climate, particularly in Khanapur and other western parts of the district with close proximity to the Western Ghats.
Among the resident birds are the White breasted Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis, which is common and found everywhere in the district. The honey pecker Cynnyris zeylonica is another resident. The Malabar racket-tailed drongo Dissemurus paradiseus is also resident bird seen in the forest areas.
While the red vented bulbul has large presence all over city of Belgaum and district, Indian tailor bird Orthotomus sutorius, also a resident, is found in the plains and generally near wells, ponds or streams.


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  1. The article is informative and interesting, particularly for nature lovers and environmentalists. Belgaum climate is cool and salubrious for rich and varied flora and fauna. As it is situated at a higher elevation from the sea level, even in mid-summer, it is cool and one finds it difficult to manage without hot water.

    Whether it is the Sambra Airforce Station area, Cantonment Road, Rani Chinnamma Circle, Tilakwadi or the Sarvajanik Grandhalaya area, the city roads used to be relatively clean. This was in 2001 and I have no idea about the city now, but its a pleasant place for its cool ambience and rearefied atmosphere.

    There used to be lot of vegetation on the Bng-Pune national highway passing through Belgaum, Nippani, Sankheswar etc and towards Hubli-Dharwad. Even the Kittur area used to have thick green cover. If the govt and big organisations like the KLES (Karnataka Lingayat Education Society) take keen interest, the area could be developed into a natural biodiversity zone.

    Pisipati Sriram,


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