Once a land of indigenous and migratory birds, Bangladesh is witnessing rapid decline in the number of birds in recent years, conservationists say. In the country’s coastal belt and Sonadia island in particular, the population of birds, as suggested by their movement, came down to a half in a year. Countrywide, the number of birds as counted by their presence here and there, declined by 40,000 this year compared to a year before, according to a census. Enumerators of International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) witnessed the least availability of birds at different points across the country this year. There were around 800,000 birds in 1994 - a population that decreased to 233,000 in 2017 and further to 163,000 in 2018.
Source: Prothom Alo, 18 June 2018
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