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Vanishing Wings: SOIB 2023 Reveals Tamil Nadu Bird Decline.



  Oct 03, 2023

State of India's Birds (SOIB) 2023



Vanishing Wings: Alarming Decline of Bird Species in Tamil Nadu Revealed by SOIB 2023 Report

What is the SOIB 2023 report?

The State of India's Birds (SOIB) 2023 report is an analysis that assesses the status of bird species across India, including Tamil Nadu.
It provides insights into the population trends and conservation status of these birds.

How many bird species in Tamil Nadu are in decline according to the report?

The report reveals that approximately 110 bird species recorded in Tamil Nadu are experiencing a decline across India. Among them, 86 species are in a state of "rapid decline."

Why is the decline of bird species in Tamil Nadu concerning?

The decline of bird species is concerning because it indicates a negative impact on the local ecosystem.
Birds play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance, and their decline can have cascading effects on other wildlife and the environment.

Can you give an example of a declining bird species mentioned in the report?

Certainly. One example is the Indian roller, which was once commonly seen in open fields. However,
its population is declining nationwide, even in areas where it was frequently spotted.

What are some factors contributing to the decline of bird species in Tamil Nadu?

Urbanization and rapid changes in landscapes are major factors. These alterations in their natural habitats can disrupt bird populations.

How was the data for the SOIB report collected?

The trends assessed in the SOIB report primarily rely on data uploaded to eBird, a citizen portal for birders and researchers.
However, data deficiencies exist due to limited long-term trend information for many species.

Why is it important to have a regional report for Tamil Nadu?

Regional reports help us understand how bird populations are changing in specific areas. This is crucial for conservation efforts and
understanding the impact of local factors on bird habitats.

Will more data become available in the future to better analyze bird trends in Tamil Nadu?

It is hoped that as more birders and researchers contribute information to platforms like eBird, data deficiencies will decrease,
allowing for better analysis of the state's bird species in the future.


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