Injured rare bird rescued in Sreemangal

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The bird, locally known as Bagha Bogla, was caught by a group of fishermen in Pachaun Haor area of Sreemangal’s Mirzapur union

The great bittern, a very rare aquatic migratory bird,was rescued in critical condition by the Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation in Sreemangal on Tuesday.

“The bird, locally known as Bagha Bogla, was caught by a group of fishermen in Pachaun Haor area of Sreemangal’s Mirzapur union. We rescued the bird from them on Tuesday. It is now receiving medical attention as a fishing hook was stuck in its neck,”said Sopon Deb Sajal, Director of the Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation. 

The Eurasian bittern or great bittern (Botaurus stellaris) is a wading bird in the bittern subfamily (Botaurinae) of the heron family Ardeidae. 

It is a secretive bird, seldom seen in the open as it prefers to skulk in reed beds and thick vegetation near water bodies. Its presence is apparent in the spring, when the booming call of the male during the breeding season can be heard. It feeds on fish, small mammals, fledgling birds, amphibians, crustaceans and insects. 

In 2010, the Bangladesh Wildlife Service Foundation rescued another injured great bittern that was later released in Hail Haor after making a recovery, Sajal added.

Wildlife Photographer Adnan Azad Asif said: “It is a nocturnal bird, so we don’t see it very often. These birds usually build their nests on the edge of water bodies.”