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Pong Dam records 68% increase in Bar Headed Geese

Pong Dam records 68% increase in Bar Headed Geese population

Due to extreme winters this year, a whopping increase of over 68% has been witnessed in the number of bar-headed goose, a migratory bird, at Pong wetland.

About Bar Headed Geese

  • These are found in central China and Mongolia and they breed there.

    The goose is the world’s highest altitude migratory bird species.

  • The summer habitat is high-altitude lakes where the bird grazes on short grass
  • They start migration to the Indian sub-continent during the winter and stay till the end of the season.
  • They are one of the birds which can fly even at very high altitude. They come to India and return to their homes by crossing the Himalayan ranges – one of the most high-altitude migrations in the world.
  • The capacity of bar-headed geese to transport and consume oxygen at high rates in hypoxic regions distinguishes this species from similar lowland waterfowl.

About Pong Dam Lake

  • The Pong Dam Lake was constructed on Beas River in 1960;one of the largest man-made wetland in the foothills of the Himalayas in Kangra valley.
  • It is a Bird Sanctuary and  a Ramsar Site
  • It is among the top 10 sites that attract a large number of migratory birds.
  • Most of the Visiting birds migrate from their breeding places in the trans-Himalayan regions in Tibet, Central Asia, Russia and Siberia
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