Finn’s Weaver (Ploceus megarhynchus): Revise global status?

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6 Responses to Finn’s Weaver (Ploceus megarhynchus): Revise global status?

  1. Hari Basnet says:

    In 28th March 2019, we have recorded between 60-80 individuals in the Shuklaphanta Grassland, Southern Nepal, you can read a small note on Finn’s Weaver at (researchgate.net/publication/340280579_Recent_records_of_threatened_birds_in_the_Shukilaphanta_Grassland).

    A survey conducted by Laxman et al. 2020 has recorded 133 individual birds from Shuklaphnata NP, read more from this…( https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348711144_Recent_records_of_globally_threatened_Finn's_Weaver_Ploceus_megarhynchus_Hume_1869_Ploceidae_Passeriformes_Aves_from_Shuklaphanta_National_Park_Nepal_implications_to_its_global_status)

  2. I have been personally and officially championing the cause of Finn’s Weaver conservation in India for almost 25 years now. My research over the years has witnessed a steady decline of Finn’s Weaver in most known terai grasslands across India.
    Although a breeding colony of less than 50 Finn’s Weaver in Ipomea / Typha reed beds in Haripura / Gularbhoj /Baur in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand has been making news since June 2020 – supposedly due to lock down calm effect, most other known areas state in north India have witnessed no Finn’s Weaver in recent past.
    BNHS is planning a conservation breeding program for Finn’s Weaver at Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary in north India from a small funding grant received from the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department.
    The Finn’s Weaver population in Nepal has also witnessed a drop in Nepal. The species needs to be immediately upgraded from its Vulnerable status to Critically Endangered status to garner maximum conservation support and attention.
    I request each and everyone individual knowing about this species past and present status in his or her state or field area to share their valuable input for future conservation of this threatened species!

    Rajat Bhargava, Ph.D
    Senior Scientist (Ornithology)
    Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. INDIA

    References:
    Bhargava, R. (2017) Status of Finn’s Weaver in India: Past & Present. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. xii +124 pp. https://www.bnhs.org/public/pdf_documents/FINNS-WEAVER-PDF-COMBINED-min.pdf
    BHARGAVA, R. (2012): Birds of Meerut. 509 ASC Battalion, Meerut Cantt: 8.
    BHARGAVA, R. (2004): Assessing the threats and current status of Finn’s Weaver Ploceus megarhynchus in India. Indian Bird Conservation Network, Bombay Natural History Society, WWF-India and BirdLife International.
    BHARGAVA, R. (2001): Finn’s Baya. Mistnet 2(2): 3–4.
    BHARGAVA, R. (2000): A preliminary survey of the western population of Finn’s weaver in Kumaon terai, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. Oriental Bird Club Bull. 32: 21–29.
    RAHMANI, A.R. (2016): Conservation of Threatened Grassland Birds of the Brahmaputra Floodplains. Final Report. Bombay Natural History Society. Pp. 66.
    RAHMANI, A.R., S. KUMAR, N. SRIVASTAV, R. BHARGAVA, & K.I. NOOR (2014): Threatened Birds of Uttar Pradesh. Indian Bird Conservation Network, Bombay Natural History Society, Royal Society for Protection of Birds, BirdLife International and Oxford University Press. Pp. xiv + 226.
    RAHMANI, A.R. & D. MOHAN (2013): Threatened Birds of Uttarakhand. Indian Bird Conservation Network, Bombay Natural History Society, Royal Society for Protection of Birds, BirdLife International and Oxford University Press. Pp. vii + 184.
    RAHMANI, A.R. & A.U. CHOUDHURY (2012): Threatened Birds of Assam. Indian Bird Conservation Network, Bombay Natural History Society, Royal Society for Protection of Birds and BirdLife International. Oxford University Press. Pp. viii + 167.
    RAHMANI, A.R. (2012): Threatened Birds of India – Their Conservation Requirements. Indian Bird Conservation Network: Bombay Natural History Society, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife International. Oxford University Press, Mumbai. Pp.xvi + 864
    https://sanctuarynaturefoundation.org/article/in-search-of-the-elusive-finn%27s-weaver
    https://india.mongabay.com/2020/06/finns-weaver-faces-a-risk-of-extinction/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q0UDLXVCwk
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5wt-06BxeI
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    https://epaper.timesgroup.com/Olive/ODN/TimesOfIndia/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=TOIDEL%2F2020%2F06%2F27&entity=Ar02023&sk=908DF0C4&mode=text#

  3. Dr Rajat Bhargava says:

    One of the major reason for this species decline is nest predation by House and Jungle crows especially during the first breeding season on tree tops.

  4. Laxman Prasad Poudyal says:

    Dear respected all,
    My name is Laxman Prasad Poudyal and now I am working in the Shivapuri nagarjun National Park Nepal. I worked as a Chief Conservation Officer in the Shuklaphanta National Park during 2019-2020; and had closely observed the presence of Finn’s weaver in the park. it seems that the population this species is being declined. We (I, my colleague Dev Raj Joshi and Dr Hem Sagar Baral) recently carried out a week long survey for the nesting colonies in the grasslands and surroundings in the park at the end of June 2020. A total of 16 nesting colonies with 66 active nests and 194 deserted nests were recorded from different grasslands of Shuklaphanta National Park and 133 individual birds were counted. Based on literature analysis and recent works conducted in its geographic range, we agree and recommend that this species’ status needs to be upgraded possibly to Critically Endangered. Please find the findings published in the link https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348711144_Recent_records_of_globally_threatened_Finn's_Weaver_Ploceus_megarhynchus_Hume_1869_Ploceidae_Passeriformes_Aves_from_Shuklaphanta_National_Park_Nepal_implications_to_its_global_status

  5. Mitra Pandey says:

    Bird Conservation Nepal has been annually monitoring Finn’s Weaver and its nest in Shuklaphanta National Park since 2015. The annual record of the individuals shows gradual increase until 2017 and then decrease until 2019. In 2020, there is again increase in the number of individuals as new potential sites were identified and wider area was covered for monitoring from 30 June to 4 July.

    Year Number of Finn’s Weaver recorded
    2015 200
    2016 250
    2017 300
    2018 245
    2019 177
    2020 254

    Reference: Bird Conservation Nepal. 2020. Report on monitoring of Finn’s Weaver Ploceus mergarhynchus in Shuklaphanta National Park, Nepal.

  6. Namaste to All,
    I am Rajendra Gurung, EC Member/Patron Member of Bird Coservation Nepal plus I ran the travel agency.

    I have visited the Sukla Phanta National Park in Jun 2018 and May 2019. during my both visit, I have seen and photograph over the 100 of Finn’s Weaver in each visit. I haven’t published the sighting to anywhere except some photographs. I hope my records will also help to count.

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