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Amur Falcon Festival to be held in Manipur on 14 November

Current Affairs

  • The 7th edition of the Amur Falcon Festival will be held in the Tamenglong district of Manipur on 14 November 2022.
  • The festival has been organised since 2015 to spread awareness about protection and conservation of world’s longest flying migratory bird Amur falcon.
  • The day-long festival is generally celebrated in the first or second week of November.

Amur Falcon:-

  • The Amur falcon (Falco amurensis) is the world’s longest travelling small raptors of the falcon family.
  • Amur falcons migrate to their wintering grounds in South Africa, usually arriving in large numbers during October in Nagaland and Manipur besides other places in the northeast India undertaking a yearly journey of about 20,000 km.
  • They leave the region in November after having enough food for their non-stop flight to Africa where they spend their winters.
  • The radio-tagging programme of Amur falcons started in Manipur in 2018 as part of an initiative to conserve wildlife and also to study the route of these long-distance migratory birds and the environmental patterns along the route as India is a signatory to an international agreement on conservation of migratory birds of prey.

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