As breeding season begins for migratory birds, the Kamala Nehru Complex of Kankaria Zoo offers a pristine and tranquil environment that attracts several of them. Different bird species build their nests in the complex and create ‘housing colonies.’ The newborns born during the monsoon thrive in the dense green forest.
Around 140 members of the Bird Conservation Society of Gujarat (BCSG) conducted a birds nest counting survey in the Kankaria Zoo complex. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) also supported the BCSG with the survey. Divided into four groups, the members identified the different migratory birds and then, counted their nests.
According to BCSG President Dr Bakul Trivedi, the migratory birds have taken shelter in various trees of the Kankaria Zoo and have made 1416 nests on them. Among them, the night herons have 693 nests, the great egrets have 188 nests, Indian teaks have 197 nests, Spoonbills have 42 nests, cattle egrets have 127 nests, little egrets have 62, and intermediate egrets have 86 nests. Moreover, the black-headed ibis and great cormorant have five nests each.
Furthermore, the Kankaria Zoo Director RK Sahu said, “The zoo has a calm and natural environment. Thus, it attracts the birds visit the zoo every July during the breeding season. Later, they lay eggs and give birth to beautiful chicks. They stay here for about three months. When the baby birds learn to fly, they leave with their families.”