The number of winged visitors at the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary in West
Bengal’s Uttar Dinjapur district has crossed all previous records. As per a
census carried out by the State Forest Department, the wildlife sanctuary,
spread over 130 hectares, recorded 98,532 birds this year.
This the highest number of birds which has visited Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary
over the past several years. What is encouraging is that the number of migratory
birds is increasing every year,” Dwiparna Kumar Dutta, Divisional Forest Officer
(DFO), Raignaj, told.
According to Mr Dutta, the sanctuary has one of the highest numbers of
Openbill stork population not only in India but in Asia and this makes the
sanctuary unique. “Of the 98,000 birds about 67,000 are Openbill storks. Then
there are cormorants, night herons, little egrets, flycatchers, owls and other
species,” he said.