Aurangabad: An Oriental turtle dove was spotted on the outskirts of the city at Sawangi dam by wildlife enthusiast Wasee Quadri, who said he was surprised to see the bird in the area.
“While spotted doves and laughing doves are often seen on the outskirts of the city, I was taken aback by the Oriental turtle dove in such close proximity of Aurangabad. The spotting hints at the rich biodiversity in the fringe areas of the city, which need to be protected,” he said.
Shy among the different dove varieties, the Oriental turtle dove is known for its attractive plumage and a call in four clear notes producing a “hr-hr oo-oo” sound.
Bird researcher Pankaj Shakkarwar said that in the past, Oriental turtle doves were spotted at the Gautala-Autramghat wildlife sanctuary and Sarola area, located around 30km from Aurangabad. “The Sawangi dam is situated in the mountain range that passes through different parts of Aurangabad and is known to be the home for a wide range of flora and fauna,” he said.
Located near Harsul, the Sawangi dam was filled to the brim following the monsoon last year after more than a decade. It still holds sufficient volume of water. Besides Oriental turtle dove, the dam has also attracted northern shovelers, garganey, red crested pochard, common pochard, brahminy kite and different wagtails among other birds this migratory season.