GURUGRAM: Five crows were found dead at the Sector 52 biodiversity park on Wednesday, triggering fears among neighbourhood residents of bird flu. Officials of the wildlife department, however, appealed to people not to jump to any conclusions, saying they were still not clear why the birds had died.
The anxiety comes against the backdrop of bird flu outbreaks in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
In Haryana itself, around a lakh poultry birds have died mysteriously over the past few days.
Officials said they were keeping a close watch on the behaviour of birds at the biodiversity park to look for symptoms of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly known as bird flu.
“Yes, five crows were found dead at the biodiversity park, but we are still examining the causes. We are also keeping a watch on the activities of birds at the Sultanpur National Park. Currently, more than 25,000 migratory birds are around the wetland,” said Rajesh Chahal, the wildlife inspector.
The birds that have been spotted around the wetland include the blackwinged stilt, pond heron, pied kingfisher, purple heron, shoveller, whitebreasted waterhen, whitebreasted kingfisher, munia, rosy pastor, drongo, ring dove, blue capped rock thrush, canary flycatcher and prinia.
In the wake of flu alerts in other states, the Haryana wildlife department has asked its officials to wear rubber gloves and other protective gear such as eyewear and face shields while handling dead birds. “We are on alert and have been asked by the government to report any suspicious bird behaviour immediately. We have formed six teams that will keep watch in the forest and wetland areas,” said R Dangi, the district forest officer (wildlife). He added that no bird had been found dead in the wetland area of the district so far.