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‘Remiz Macronyx’ Was Seen for the First Time in Turkey

The bird ‘Remiz Macronyx‘, which has only 46 records among more than 1 billion records in the World Bird Watching Database, was displayed for the first time in Turkey at the Igdir Aras River Bird Sanctuary.

A new bird species has been ringed for Turkey in the spring period ringing works carried out within the scope of the National Ringing Program of the General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks (DKMP) affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The Aras River Bird Sanctuary Research and Training Center, which continues the ringing studies under the coordination of the General Directorate of DKMP, under the execution of the Kuzey Doga Association and in partnership with the universities of Igdir, Koc and Utah, recorded the Remiz Macronyx bird for the first time. A Turkey ring was attached to the bird, which was detected for the first time in Turkey. The bird can be tracked thanks to this ring.

WEIGHT 8.9 GRAMS

It was stated that the bird, which is ringed in the Aras River Bird Research and Education Center, has only 46 records among more than 1 billion bird records in the World Bird Watching Database. The Remiz Macronyx primrose, a close relative of the primrose bird, which is among the smallest birds in Turkey and called the ‘nest master’ with its nest-building ability, draws attention with its long tail, black head and white throat.

It was stated that the bird, which weighs 8.9 grams, is rarely seen in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. It was noted that it is seen for the first time in Turkey and its ringing is important in terms of the country’s biological diversity.

‘TURKEY HAS 495 BIRD SPECIES’

Specialist biologist Emrah Coban, who carries out the ringing studies, emphasized that they caught a very rare species at the ringing station in Aras River Bird Research and Education Center on April 6, and this is a new record for Turkey. We are very excited. There were 313 bird species discovered in Igdir so far, we added one more. The number of bird species seen in Turkey is now 495. This is very important for biodiversity. DKMP has the National Ringing Program that coordinates these studies. “Such surprise developments can happen at every station within the scope of this program. This year, we spread the first surprise from Igdir to Turkey. The number of bird species has increased with this bird species discovered in Turkey. As these studies continue, we are sure that the number of bird species in Turkey will increase.” ‘ he said.

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