Study: Farmland birds in Nepal, India in dire need of conservation action

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KATHMANDU — When Nepali ornithologist Hem Bahadur Katwal reviewed the existing literature to prepare a proposal for his Ph.D., he came across a subject barely explored, not just in Nepal, but in the entire Indian Subcontinent. “Most of the studies on birds in the region have focused on forests and protected areas,” Katwal said. “But studies on birds that live in people’s farms don’t seem to have received a lot of attention in the subcontinent.” Farmland birds live and thrive on land used by people for growing food. Long before humans started farming, birds were already living in open environme…

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