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  • Return of the first fowl

    The red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus) has made a triumphant return to its old home in Lawachhara forest in Kamalganj Upazila of Moulvibazar.

  • Paradise on Earth

    In Bogura's Shajahanpur upazila, a village called Gandagram is surrounded by two large, centuries-old bamboo bushes. These bushes house many a rare, exotic, migratory birds, and one of them is the precious Asian paradise flycatcher.

  • The Woolyneck comes home

    At the beginning of the 20th century, the globally vulnerable Asian-Woolynecked stork had begun disappearing from East Bengal, now Bangladesh, after which the Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh termed this species of stork “a former visitor of Bangladesh”.

  • The fort of the Alexandrine

    A centuries-old Mahogany tree, bearing ancient stories of the now abandoned Balihar Zamindar Kachari Bari of Bogura's Shahjahanpur upazila, remains a palace of sorts to the widely beloved Alexandrine parakeet, or Chandana tia in Bangla.

  • The elusive Grey Francolin

    The Gorai river, a tributary of the Ganges, through the natural process of the erosion of lands and formation of chars, formed char Horipur at the western tip of Horipur in Kushtia.

  • Parakeets' tale

    The front porch of an old Zamindar house in Demajzni Bazar area of Bogra's Shajahanpur upazila boasts of being home to a centuries-old Mahogany tree. That Mahogany tree, for years, has been housing the ever popular rose-ringed parakeet.

  • Love for 'mother-love'

    The stork has symbolic significance in many regions. The Greek etymology behind the word stork means mother-love, while according to a German fairy-tale the stork is “mother-bird”. Colonists of North America considered it a symbol of love and welcoming and in Chinese wisdom, the bird symbolises longevity and old age.

  • Endangered turtles may see a revival

    An endangered species of turtles may see a revival in their numbers following a successful breeding programme in Bhawal National Park in Gazipur.

  • Nature Quest: Exotic Grey Peacock

    The Grey Peacock Pheasant can be found strutting across the forest floors of Fatikchhari. The bird is rare in Bangladesh and seen in the

  • Nature Quest: The return of Grey Francolin

    We couldn't believe our eyes when from amidst the green grass, a yellow bird, somewhat like a chicken, ran into the reeds of char Majardiyar near Rajshahi city.

  • The last of the Hoolocks

    Bamboo groves, poised magnificently like arched gateways, welcome visitors to the misty woodland of Lawachhara National Park, the final frontier of the old forests.

  • Nature Quest: The White Beauty

    Egrets (bok pakhi) playing blissfully at a garden in Sreerampur village of Sylhet's Dakshin Surma upazila recently. Birdwatchers take

  • Nature Quest: A sign hard to fathom

    The Kotka beach in the Sundarbans is mostly empty apart from the plastic bottles and trash that wash ashore. Imagine the shock of forest guards who stumbled upon the rotting carcass of a 40-foot whale while patrolling the beach in August.

  • Nature Quest: Flames of the cannon

    Even though the zamindar of Mymensingh's Shashi Lodge area, which is now under the care of the Archeological Department, left about seven decades ago, some of the treasures they left behind still attract passers-by enough to go inside and take a peek.

  • The silent spirit of the skies

    We awoke before sunrise to the sound of rain and the smell of wet earth, slightly worried about the trail that we were taking for the

  • Nature Quest: Into those 'white eyes'

    The magnificence of the Oriental White-eye lies exactly where the name suggests. The round, white orbs nestling the iris, looking

  • Bangladeshi conservationist wins Whitley Award

    An area the size of a dot on Bangladesh's map is enough to preserve the rich biodiversity. This is the belief of Shahriar Caesar

  • Nature Quest: Birds of the beel

    Like a reverse oasis, parcels of land in Mohadanga area in Chapainawabganj have emerged from the depths, being the solitary spot for

  • Nature Quest: Elongated tortoise, shrinking habitat

    The elongated tortoise is a species of tortoise once found in different areas of the country including Sylhet.

  • Blooming Liliums

    Nature Quest: Liliums blooming in Bangladesh

    The first batch of Lilium flowers has been commercially farmed in two locations in Bangladesh -- Jhenidah and Dhaka.

  • Nature Quest: Bond with the birds

    Raba Begum, headmaster of Jogiborth Govt Primary School in Nodiachad Baor of Alfadanga upazila in Faridpur, transitions into a

  • Fish Eagles

    Nature Quest: A quest for eagle nest

    Cool morning air brushed against my face as I looked at the plains where countrymen were out on their fields--plowing, irrigating, or

  • New species of white bellied drongo found

    A species of drongo, not seen by experts in the country before, has been spotted in Rajshahi city's Shimla Park recently.

  • Number of deer falls in Rajshahi Zoo

    The number of deer at Rajshahi Zoo has reduced by six times over the last 15 years due to what experts say the authority's move to

  • Nature Quest: Padma banks painted red

    A large flock of very rare and colourful birds has brightened the banks of Padma river near Rajshahi City recently. The birds called Painted Stork thronged the shallows and shoals before the birdwatchers and photographers of the city.

  • Nature Quest: Dredger danger for dolphins

    At least 16 dolphins (Platanista Gangetica) have been found dead in the last three months in the Halda, according to data found primarily by Halda River Research Institute.

  • Nature Quest: Bamboo trinket snake found in Lawachhara

    A black-banded trinket, a species of rat snakes, was found near Lawacherra National Forest in Moulvibazar. A stunningly beautiful creature, this was the first time it was discovered alive in the country.

  • Nature Quest: Care for Crows

    In Kangalpara village of Botlagari union in Nilphamari district, first time visitors will be surprised to see many banners hanging on

  • Frog in lawachara forest

    Nature Quest: The scarlet stare

    As evening fell, the stillness of the Lawacherra was suddenly broken by a chorus of croaks. Each one lasted from between 100 to 600

  • Spot-billed Pelican in Padma

    Nature Quest: We adore thee, Pelican

    We may thankfully sing the old Christian hymn “Humbly we adore thee, pelican” now that a Spot-billed Pelican is visiting Bangladesh

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