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Colliding Parrots

Bizarre mid-air collision for parrots in Kaziranga

Guwahati, Aug 23 (IANS) A bizarre phenomenon of parrots dying in mid-air
collisions in India’s northeastern state of Assam has foxed experts, with
forest rangers now adopting ingenious ways to stop the deaths.

A wildlife department official said at least 70 Slatey Headed Parakeets, a
parrot species, have died in the Kaziranga National Park, 220 km east of
Assam’s Guwahati city, in the past one week.

“We were informed by villagers about parrots plummeting from great heights
to the ground and dying instantly as they try to reach wetlands in the
sanctuary,” park ranger D.D. Boro told IANS by telephone.

“It seems the birds get confused in the air and collide with each on
approaching a high tension electric pole that exists on their flying route.”

The birds are not electrocuted, but then get disoriented on seeing the
electric tower, experts say.

“It remains a mystery as not a single bird found dead on the ground bore any
signs of electrocution,” another park ranger said.

“The phenomenon needs proper investigation, or else it could pose a threat
to other bird species in the park.”

Gleaned from an article by By Syed Zarir Hussain, Indo-Asian News Service

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