MSPL Releases the Book “Birds of Hampi”
HOSPET, India, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
A milestone in scientific documentation on resident and migratory birds in Hampi area
The new book titled “Birds of Hampi” was released by Sri. G.V.Sugur, Principal Chief
Conservator of Forests, Government of Karnataka, at a function held in Bangalore recently.
The book, written by Sri. Samad Kottur, is intended to help both the seasoned bird watcher
and lay man identify the birds in and around Hampi. This field guide has pictures of 230
birds, with description of scientific and common names, size, colour, habitat, dispersal,
plumage, behavior, habits, breeding season, migratory patterns and best places to see in
the Hampi vicinity. It also gives information on resident and migratory birds. There is
also space for recording observations, times and places of sightings.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. G.V.Sugur, PCCF, said that the book does not stop at
thoroughly researched data, excellent pictures and detailed information, but also
encourages conservation of birds and documentation of rare birds in and around Hampi.
Karnataka is the home of many rare birds and has eight bird sanctuaries dedicated to birds
exclusively, for protection and conservation. He observed that it is just not the domain
of the Forest Department to conserve habitat, it has now become duty of every citizen to
conserve the nature, flora and fauna.
Sri. Samad Kottur, author, wildlife activist, photographer and also the President of
North Karnataka Birder’s Network, said that this book is hoped to kindle the interest of
birdwatchers in the amazing area around Hampi. The book has been compiled with the help of
several ardent bird watchers and photographers. He said he began exploring birds in
Hospet, Hampi and around the Tungbhadra dam and was surprised by the diversity. He began
documenting them from 2000, and conducted hundreds of bird watching camps and awareness
camps for students and the public. There is growing interest among people for bird
watching, which is a very stimulating hobby in nature. With this activity, we have been
able to record many rare birds visiting Hampi, earlier not recorded. He thanked MSPL for
extending support in publishing this book. This book is a tribute to avian biodiversity,
celebrating its beauty, as well as identifying the species which are on the brink of
Dr. Asad Rahmani, Director, Bombay Natural History Society, said that we must document
and expand the documentation process across India covering rare and neglected species.
Under the newly implemented CSR rules, there is going to be a corpus of Rs.20,000 crore
available with the Indian corporates. Even if a small component of this amount is spent on
wildlife conservation, it would be a substantial service to nature. Many semi-endemic
species such as Sarus Crane, Long-billed Vulture, Swamp Francolin, Black-breasted
Parrotbill and Greater Adjutant have the majority of their population in India. Therefore,
India has to play a major role in their conservation. He thanked Baldota group for having
supported BNHS in the past for the publication of “Important Bird Areas in India” (2004),
“Potential & existing Ramsar Wetlands of India” (2007) and “Threatened Birds of India”.
Mr. Narendrakumar A Baldota, Chairman & Managing Director said that Hampi has a
fascinating ecosystem. Apart from foreign tourists, Hampi also receives unique birds from
various continents. It was Shri.M.Y Ghorpade, former Minister and a member of Sandur Royal
family, inculcated the bird watching hobby among students in the area. He called upon
people to cultivate the hobby of bird watching.
Smt. Shama Pawar, Convenor of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage
(INTACH), said that there is more in Hampi than the ruins and monuments of Vijayanagara
kingdom. The natural heritages of Hampi deserve more recognition.
Hospet based MSPL Limited has sponsored the publication of the book-”Birds of Hampi”
and published by INTACH- Hampi-Anegundi Chapter. The book will be of interest to
researchers, students, policy makers, bird lovers, corporates, NGOs and the lay reader
interested in the natural world in general, and birds in particular. In the US, Bird
watching is a major American pastime with roughly 47 million bird watchers who spend
nearly $41 billion on the hobby annually, according to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Fish and
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