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River Birds: Discover the River

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river_birds_discover_the_riverNo doubt, birds are the supreme members of ecosystems. They are an indispensable parts of food chains and food webs. Birds not only control but also balance our environment. They have a great importance in our lives. Birds are the most beautiful and majestic creatures in nature. They are predominant to humans in many ways.

Famous English Poet William Blake beautifully described birds in one of his poems-

“Where thou dwellest, in what grove,
Tell me, fair one, tell me, love,
Where thou thy charming nest dost build,
O thou pride of every field!

She.Yonder stands a lonely tree,
There I live and mourn for thee;
Morning drinks my silent tear,
And evening winds my sorrow bear.

He.O thou summer’s harmony,
have lived and mourned for thee;
Each day I mourn along the wood,
And night hath heard my sorrows loud.

She.Dost thou truly long for me?
And am I thus sweet to thee
Sorrow now is at an end,
O my lover and my friend!

He.Come! on wings of joy we’ll fly
To where my bower is hung on high;
Come, and make thy calm retreat
Among green leaves and blossoms sweet.”


Rivers and lakes are really wonderful parts of nature. They are two major habitats for various bird species. They provide not only food in the form of fish and aquatic invertebrates but also shelter made from aquatic foliage. We usually find water levels of rivers and lakes vary with rainfall effecting their banks to overflow seasonally delivering nutrient rich habitats. Rivers are used by birds in a number of ways; wetlands provide them with breeding grounds, rivers are sources for food and water, and rivers are a useful system that helps certain birds navigate. Here are some common River Birds:

African Jacana Grey Wagtail
American Dipper House Martin
Blackbird Indian Runner Duck
Black-crowned Night-heron Kingfisher
Black-Legged Kittiwake Large-billed Tern
Blue Tit Little Egret
Cetti’s Warbler Little Ringed Plover
Common Chiffchaff Long-tailed Tit
Common Moorhen Mallard Duck
Common Sandpiper Mandarin Duck
Crab Plover Mute Swan
Dodo Bird Nightingale
Double-Crested Cormorant Northern Pintail
Eurasian Blackcap Ruddy Shelduck
Eurasian Spoonbill Ruddy Turnstone
European Robin Ruff
Ferruginous Duck  Seagull
Flamingo Short-toed Treecreeper
Glossy Ibis Stork
Golden Oriole Swallow
Graylag Goose  Terek Sandpiper
Great Cormorant Western Cattle Egret
Great Egret Western Grebe
Great Skua White Wagtail
Great Tit Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker Wren
Grey Heron Yellow-legged Gull


River Birds: Discover the River

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