Amur falcons, the world’s longest travelling raptors, began to arrive in Manipur’s Tamenglong district as part of its annual routine migration.

 

About the ‘Amur Falcons’

  • Migration Journey —
      • Locally known as Akhuipuina, the bird arrives mainly in Manipur and Nagaland on its southbound migration from breeding grounds in North China, Eastern Mongolia and far-east Russia en-route to its wintering grounds in South Africa.
      • The one-way journey via India is about 20,000 km long and the birds do this twice a year.
  • Conservation efforts —
      • Amur falcon is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and included under its Schedule IV.
      • Hunting of the birds or possessing its meat is punishable with imprisonment up to three years or a fine up to Rs 5,000.
      • In 2018, the forest department started a conservation programme by radio-tagging the birds to study their migratory route.
  • IUCN status is Least Concern.