Nepal has more than 889 species of birds, and counting them accurately is a difficult process. Now, a new app will help crowdsource the annual bird census.
Launched this week, the छिमेकी चरा (Neighbourhood Birds) app is designed by the nature group Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) to involve the public in its annual avian census which was previously done only by professional ornithologists during the winter migration season.
The census would also be restricted to wetland areas and protected forests, but with the app birds in villages and urban areas can now also be included.
“Nearly 1,000 volunteers and partners from 64 districts across Nepal have already downloaded the app,” says Aarati Nepali, the project’s program co-ordinator. “For half-an-hour on Saturdays, they will use the app to identify the birds in their vicinity and record their numbers and species.”
Nepali says the app is designed to accurately count birds that live and fly near human settlements, and could include the common sparrow, pigeon, barn swallow (गौंथली), doves (ढुकुर), ruddy shelduck (चखेवा), magpie, crow and owl.