76 species of birds spotted in Mangalore Campus of Nitte (Deemed to be University) by Bird Enthusiasts | NITTE Blogs

76 species of birds spotted in Mangalore Campus of
Nitte (Deemed to be University) by Bird Enthusiasts

The Campus Bird Count 2022 was conducted in Nitte University`s Mangalore campus led by Nitte University Center for Science Education & Research (NUCSER) from 18th to 21st February 2022. This year the birders recorded 76 species of birds on campus. Experts have projected the number to increase to 100+ species across various campuses of Nitte DU with various green initiatives undertaken by the University. The Campus Bird Count 2022 (CBC 2022) is a part & sub-event of Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The GBBC is organized regularly since 2015 by Bird Count India in collaboration with eBird (The Cornell lab of Ornithology). CBC is an effort to record bird diversity across different campuses in India. This year more than 250 campuses registered for CBC from different parts of the country.

During the week-long bird count, researchers, doctors, professionals, professors, bird enthusiasts and students of Nitte University conducted a systematic survey of birds in Paneer and Deralakatte campus. The recorded species include residential birds such as White-cheeked Barbet, White-throated Kingfisher, Asian Koel, Greater Coucal, Common Myna, House Crows, Cattle Egret, Brahminy Kite, Black Kite, Common Iora, Jungle Babbler, Black Drongo, Rock Pigeon, Red-whiskered Bulbul commonly seen in the campus and rare birds such as Red-wattled Lapwing, Common Hawk Cuckoo, Rose-ringed Parakeets, Red-vented Bulbul, Common Kingfisher. Besides, the birders recorded some migratory birds & winter visitors such as Purple Sunbird, Blyth’s Reed Warbler and Indian Pitta. A few species of nocturnal birds such as the Indian Scops-Owl, Barn Owl, Indian Nightjar and Jerdon’s Nightjar were also reported.