Nepali team’s first survey of pheasants

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 23:

A survey of pheasants is complete in Pipar Pheasant Reserve, and its proposed extension area — Santel, in the Annapurna Conservation Area, by the Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) in coordination with the World Pheasant Association (WPA) and Pheasant Specialist Group from the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. “This is the first pheasant survey by Nepali experts. Earlier surveys were done by foreign experts,” said Laxman Poudel, BCN member. The survey was meant to estimate the population of pheasants in the area. Numbers are estimated by counting the frequency of pheasants uttering their morning call. Male pheasants utter such calls during the mating season (between late April and early May) to maintain territory and attract females. The total population of the birds is being analysed.