Siberian Migratory Birds Prolong Stay in Northern India

Created: 2013-05-10 18:17 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific
Siberian migratory birds extended their stay in India's northern Allahabad city and gave rise to the curiosity of environmentalists.
The arrival of these Siberian migratory birds at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna in Allahabad heralds the onset of winter every year.
These wetlands are believed to be the breeding grounds of these birds. 
By the month of March every year these birds fly back, but this time they have extended their stay and are still here.
One bird expert says this unique phenomenon is caused by global warming.
[Sandeep Kumar Malhotra, Researcher]:
"The climate keeps changing unpredictably. Sometimes it's too hot and sometimes it's cold as the temperature in different parts of the earth surface keeps changing. May be these changes are affecting the adapting power of these birds and that is why they are still here."
The influx of the tourists during summer months provide the local boat owners with an opportunity to earn extra money.
[Bhola Nath, local boat owner]:
"Some birds have left but still there are many who have stayed back this time. This has proved favorable for the local boats owners who feed these birds regularly as the tourists are very excited and happy in watching these migratory birds, giving good tips in return." 
Interestingly the birds follow the exact same route back home, as if aided by a compass in their journey.