Marbled teals found breeding in
The Daily Dawn July 15, 2005
SUKKUR, July 14: The marbled teal, a globally threatened
waterfowl that visited and bred at the now dry Zanginawar Lake in
Balochistan till the 1980s, is nowadays breeding in the Deh Akro-II
Wildlife Sanctuary, Nawabshah, and few lakes along the Nara Canal in
Khairpur district. A group of about 30 pairs of the marbled teal (Marmaronetta
angusterostris) was observed in the Dang-i-wari Lake in the Nara Game
Reserve with 100 chicks during June and July by a Sindh Wildlife
Department survey team.
The tealís present world population in estimated at 30-35,000.
A group of sub-adult marbled teals with
mother in the Dang-i-wari lake (Nara) ready for migrating back to colder
Six nests with eggs and chicks of the
white tailed plover were also recorded at the Dang-i-wari and Jagir
lakes of the Nara Game Reserve.
Meanwhile, for the first time, breeding has been recorded in the Nara
sanctuary of the Brahminy starling or black-headed myna (Sturnus
pagodarum), reddish fawn below with a glossy black crown.
A pair of these rare birds was regularly observed by the Sindh Wildlife
Department staff from June and to July 10. It was found breeding in a
tamarix tree trunkhole (nest) with a clutch of four eggs of pale blue
The Brahminy starling, a rare summer
visitor to Sindh, outside its nest on a tamarix tree
The bird was occasionally observed
earlier, but this is the first time it has been found breeding in Sindh.
Photographs and text by Hussain Bux
Bhaagat (Sindh Wildlife Department) and Abdul Razaque Khan