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Migratory Birds have Ecological, Biological, Commercial, Recreational, Environmental, Aesthetic and Educational Importance.
Importance of Migratory Birds
For a country like Pakistan in which local fauna is decreasing, Migratory Birds are a blessing for us. There are so many Wetlands, lakes, and water-bodies having no birds or very fewer birds in the summer season but, on the other hand, you will see hundreds of thousands of Migratory Birds on these lakes in the winter season.
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So, here we’ll briefly talk about the advantages or importance of Migratory Birds.
Biological & Ecological Importance of Migratory Birds
Every species has a unique and specific role in the Ecosystem. If we talk about Migratory Birds, they have a significant and key role in Wetlands, water bodies, and whatever the habitat they adopt.
Commercial Important of Migratory Birds
As we allow the legal hunting of some of the migratory birds like Houbara bustard. By legal hunting, the Government gets a reasonable revenue.
Besides, indirect importance can be related to the fact that controlled and scientific huntings can decrease pressure on local species.
Recreational Importance of Migratory Birds
If we talk about the recreational importance of migratory birds, you know there are many people who are Wildlife Photographers and enjoy photography of Migratory Birds.
Another important segment, which is currently under-developed in Pakistan while very well-developed in other countries especially in European Countries, is Bird Watching. There are many countries in the world in which site sighting of Migratory Birds is arranged.
Environmental Importance of Migratory Birds
If we talk about the Environmental Monitoring Importance of Migratory Birds, birds are bio-indicators of their environment. If you want to see an environment is healthy or not; polluted or not, you can take samples of feathers like there are so many papers available on heavy metal analysis of Migratory Birds from their feathers or tissues, etc.
Migratory Birds are also useful for Climate Change studies. The change in migratory patterns are linked to climate change as well.
Aesthetic Importance of Migratory Birds
You see that birds are part of poetry, folk songs, and stories. People are the word enjoy seeing these birds.
Educational Importance of Migratory Birds
Migratory Birds have quite valuable educational importance. There are so many researchers, PhD scholars working on Migratory Birds.
Migratory Birds are also an object of arts. You see many sculptures, paintings, photographs, where such birds are depicted.
Other Services of Migratory Birds
Every bird has a unique role in Ecosystem like some are the pollinators; some are frugivorous birds which are fruit eaters and carry the seeds. In this way, they serve a very important role as pollinators or seed dispersers.
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