Bhutan is considered a safe haven for the globally endangered Black Necked Cranes as their winter roosting grounds.
Although the number of Black Necked Cranes coming to their winter feeding grounds in Bumdeling, Tashiyangtse, fluctuates every season, this time the count is only 74 – down from 123 last winter, say Bumdeling wildlife sanctuary officials.
Bhutan’s forests provide a safe haven for the rufous-necked hornbill, a bird that is classified vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Birdlife International, according to a Thrumshingla National Park (TNP) officials.
The rare and endangered White-bellied Heron, spotted mainly along the Punatsangchhu basin in Punakha, might, after all, have a protected home.
This story which appeared in Bhutan’s national newspaper Kuensel reports that Bhutan has recorded 21 new additional species, adding to its high floral and faunal diversity, according to officials of the nature conservation division.
With the additional species, the country has now recorded a total of 677 types of birds as of April 25, 2008.
Bhutan is an ornithologistís paradise with over 640 bird species of which 16 species have been identified as being globally threatened, according to Bird Life International, the eastern and the central part of the kingdom like Zhemgang are reputed to be among the best birding spots in Asia.