Mangrove Pitta bird found in Odisha

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Mangrove Pitta bird found in Odisha

Mangrove Pitta birds were counted in two coastal districts of Odisha, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur, in which 179 birds were found.

An Overview of the News

  • Mangrove pitta (Pitta Megharencha) birds are near threatened and are found in parts of eastern India.

  • 179 different mangrove pitta birds were counted in the mangroves near the mouth of the Mahipura River inside the Bhitarkanika National Park.

  • Birds were counted by sight and by their chirping.

  • 1,39,959 birds of 140 species arrived in Bhitarkanika National Park in January this year.

Bhitarkanika National Park

  • It is a protected area located in the Kendrapara district of Odisha in eastern India.

  • It covers an area of 145 square kilometres and was established as a national park on September 16, 1998.

  • Bhitarkanika National Park, also recognized as a Ramsar site on 19 August 2002, is a wetland of international importance.

  • It also has a rich mangrove ecosystem that supports a wide variety of plant and animal life.

About Odisha

It is an eastern Indian state situated on the Bay of Bengal.

It is bounded by Jharkhand in the north, West Bengal region in the north east and Chhattisgarh in the south and Bay of Bengal in the east.

Formation - 1 April 1936

Capital - Bhubaneswar

District - 30 (3 Divisions)

Governor - Ganeshi Lal

Chief Minister - Naveen Patnaik

State Legislature - Unicameral

Legislative Assembly - Odisha Legislative Assembly (147 seats)

Rajya Sabha - 10 seats

Lok Sabha - 21 seats

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