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Rare large billed warbler sighted at Baikka Beel

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This extremely rare migratory bird named large billed warbler was caught for study by bird researchers at Baikka Beel in Moulvibazar district on Wednesday and later freed in the wild.Photo: STAR

Bird experts have traced a large billed warbler, a rare migratory bird, at Baikka Beel in Moulvibazar district.
"The bird is muddy-coloured and weighs only 10 grams. Only two other birds of the same kind were found in Thailand during last 10 years. The third one has been found at Baikka Beel," Dr Enam-al Haque, president of Bangladesh Bird Club, told the local reporters.
"Scientific name of the bird is Acrocephalus Orinus. Researchers do not have any detailed information on this bird," Dr Haque said, adding that the bird was freed in the wild after setting a ring inscribing the name of Bangladesh.
"Researchers of Bangladesh Bird Club had set a trap to catch birds for their research work and the rare bird, large-billed warbler, was caught in the trap on Wednesday evening," Ferdous Nahid, communication and outreach facilitator of the Integrated Project Area Co-management (IPAC), Sylhet cluster, told this correspondent.
"We are delighted after getting the bird. Our tour at Baikka Beel has become successful," said Professor Philp Round of zoology department of Mahidol University in Thailand, also a member of the research team.
"Bird diversity of Baikka Beel is a unique one in the world. With setting of a ring inscribed with the name of Bangladesh in the leg of the large billed warbler, name of Bangladesh has been included in the list for long term bird research in the world," he said.
Recently the number of birds at Baikka Beel has increased and migratory birds have started reaching there from the very beginning of this winter.

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