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Manipur government issues orders for the protection of visiting Amur falcons

11th November, 2020 Environment

Context: The Manipur government has stepped up vigil and launched an awareness campaign to protect Amur falcons, birds which migrate to the hilly districts of Manipur for two months.

  • A few lakh Amur falcons visit Manipur every year. These birds, which can fly a distance of a few thousand of kilometres, used to be one of the most hunted migratory birds visiting Manipur.
  • In order to monitor the migratory route of the Amur falcons, officials in Manipur fixed satellite tags on some of the birds.

Amur falcons:

  • The Amur falcon is a small raptor of the falcon family.
  • It breeds in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern Africa.

Conservation status:

Migratory route: