Broad-billed sandpiper spotted for the first time at Nanjarayan tank bird sanctuary

Source: The post is based on the article “Broad-billed sandpiper spotted for the first time at Nanjarayan tank bird sanctuary” published in The Hindu on 25th September 2022.

What is the News?

Broad-billed sandpiper (Calidris falcinellus) has been spotted for the first time at Nanjarayan tank bird sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

What is a Broad-billed sandpiper?

Broad-billed sandpiper is a migratory bird species found in Northern Europe, particularly in the Nordic Countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, and in Siberia.

The bird spends its non-breeding season foraging on insects and crustaceans in the shallow waters and mud flats, mostly in the coastal belt of the eastern part of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. 

IUCN Status: Least Concern

What is Nanjarayan Tank Bird Sanctuary?

Nanjarayan Tank, a biodiversity hotspot has recently been announced as the 17th bird sanctuary of Tamil Nadu.

Nanjarayan Tank, also known as Sarkar Periyapalayam Reservoir, is located on the outskirts of Tirupur city near Koolipalayam about 60 kilometres from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

The tank was built by the then-local King Nanjarayan as a source for irrigation and is a haven for migratory birds. 

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