• Riding Horse Group formed in Paro

    unnamed (1)April 12, Paro: A riding horse user association called a Taktsang Zhenta Detsuen has been formed and inaugurated by Paro Dasho Dzongdag, Chencho Tshering.

    According to the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, the group is formed to provide equal income generating opportunity to the people of Shari and Tsenzhi communities under Tshento geog who have been providing riding horses services to the tourist visiting Taktsang.

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  • New bird record for Bhutan

    unnamed2 April, Bumthang. The long term bird monitoring program through mist-netting exercise at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) has contributed a new bird record for Bhutan. The mist-netting team (Sherub, Ugyen Tenzin and Karma Wangdi) have confirmed Burmese Shrike (Lanius collurioides) male as another additional number of birds in Bhutan. It was caught in the “Scrub I” net line on 2nd of April at 8:00am. The bird weights about 26.2g with wing 8.6cm, tarsus 2.8cm and tail 9.3cm long. Some of the distinctive features of the bird are its dark chestnut mantle, white tail sides and chestnut rump. The team said that an insectivorous bird shrike has come back from their winter grounds in the altitudes. Capturing of the Burmese Shrike at this elevation is the highest record and on the western most in its distributional limits.

    Mist-netting exercise at the Institute started from 22nd August 2013. Bird enthusiasts carry out this exercise every day from 6:00am-9:30am. So far the team has banded more than 1500 birds. The main objective of the program is to learn and document; bird diversity and change with season, bird community and composition, breeding biology and age structure. Body mass and morphometric data of every captured bird are recorded and a database is managed at the Institute. Sometimes school going children are also invited for this activity to out-reached program for bird education

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  • New addition to the list of mammal species for Phurmsengla National Park

    Particoloured Flying Squirrel Hylopetes alboniger
    Particoloured Flying Squirrel Hylopetes alboniger

    Particoloured Flying Squirrel Hylopetes alboniger that belongs to genus Hylopetes is spotted on the floor of Chirpine forest associated with undergrowth species such as Adhatoda vasica, Rhus japonica, Lyonia ovalifolia, Rubia cordifolia  and Cymbopogan citratus in the vicinity of Obi village under Metsho geog in Lhuentse in the eastern part of Phrumsengla National Park (PNP).

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