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Friday, 28 March 2008

Abundance of Bangladesh's bird-life makes it an ornithologist's paradise. Of the 525 recorded species, 350 are residents. Among them are bulbul, magpie robin, common game birds, cuckoos, hawks, owls, crows, kingfishers, woodpeckers, parrots and myna. A wide variety of warblers are also found. Some of them are migrants and appear only during winter. The migratory and seasonal birds are predominantly ducks.

Of the 200 species of mammals, the pride of place goes to the Royal Bengal Tiger of the Sundarbans, the largest block of littoral forests spreading over an area of 6,000 sq km. Next comes the elephants found mainly in the forests of Chittagong Hill Tracts. South Himalayan black hear and the Malayan bear are also seen here. Six types of deer are found in the Hill Tracts and the Sundarbans. Of them the spotted deer, barking deer and sambar are the most

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