Migratory birds of Bangladesh
By Sadia Noor Portia (7th semester – English Department,
Independent University, Bangladesh)
Bird migration is the regular seasonal movement. Every year in winter, a large number of guest birds come in the country, which is known as migratory birds. At the end of the winter, they go back to their abode.
It is often seen that some of the migratory birds still stay in the haor and baor (Wetlands) areas in different parts of Bangladesh. Though the winter is gone this year, some migratory birds can still be seen. Many of these birds are now almost endangered.
Recently, some such birds have been spotted in Tanguar haor. Tanguar haor has long been known for attracting thousands of migratory birds in Bangladesh.
Though bird hunting is prohibited by law in our country, the scenario is every year a large number of migratory birds are hunted in our country. Due to bird hunting and the destruction of bird habitat, the number of migratory birds is decreasing every year.
One study has shown that the number of birds coming to our country has decreased by 6 lakhs in 20 years from 1994 to 2014.
The contribution and importance of the birds in maintaining the balance of the environment are immense. So, awareness should be built among the peoples to stop bird hunting. It is hoped that once the people are aware, they themselves will protect the migratory birds.