DOOMDOOMA: Following filming of a strange looking bird by a curious girl that became viral in social media, a festive atmosphere was created in No.1 Hatigarh Lankadweep village near Kakapather under Doomdooma Revenue Circle in Tinsukia District as people began to gather there in large numbers in the residence of one Deepak Mahanta to have a glimpse of the bird in the backyard of his house.
According to Mahanta, he spotted the bird there a few weeks before. Strangely enough, the bird flew away at night to somewhere else presumably in search of its prey but returned to the same place in the following morning. When he told the fellow villagers about the bird, they - including some from nearby Arunachal Pradesh - thronged the place in large numbers. But none could identify it.
However the bird came to be identified as Great Eared Nightjar by a team of forest department when they visited the site. Of course it was yet to be confirmed by the Ornithologists. Usually this species of birds are seen in South India. Although Assam was also its natural habitat, yet it was going to be extinct, said the forest personnel.
In view of the fact that the place has a natural setting all around it with its serenity presenting it as an ideal wandering place for birds and animals, the nature lovers of the locality urged the forest department as well as its wildlife conservation branch to adopt necessary measures for conservation of this rare bird species in its village settings. They further formed one committee to take care of this avian guest.