Majuli Cultural Landscape Management Authority
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TOURISM - BIRD VIEWING PLACES IN THE RIVER ISLAND OF MAJULI

CHAKOLI BEEL

It is located 1.5 km west of Kamalabari. In winter especially from November about 30,000 birds assemble here. Such assemblage is uncommon to other parts of the Brahmaputra Valley. The whiskered tern which can be found only in Jammu and Kashmir apart from Assam has been sighted in this water body for three years now. Residential birds such as the Asian open bill, lesser adjutant stork, black stork and white-necked stork and migratory birds like the grey- lags, pintail, northern shoveller, ferrogeneous pochard, white eye, gulls, eagles, falcons, grey-headed lapwings, wagtails, plovers, sand-pipers, spot-billed and Dalmatian pelicans, etc can be seen.

VEREKI BEEL

It is near the Chakoli beel, in front of the Laholial village. This is one of the important bird watching sites.

DAUKPARA

Adjacent to the Chakoli beel, this water body is full of residential birds for almost the entire year. In summer, the lesser, greater whistling teal, pheasant-tailed jacana, common moorhen, purple moorhen can be found.

RAMBOLIA

It is adjacent to and is a property of the Dakhinpat Sattra. All types of residential birds found in Majuli are seen here. It is the habitat of jungle cats, civets, common otters and jackals. Rambolia is linked to Dubori Toli beel, Magoor Mari and Sorbilla. Magoor Mari beel and Rambolia are a hundred metres away from the Brahmaputra. In winter thousands of birds assemble here. Up to March, bar-headed greylags and brahminy ducks can be seen here. The northern lapwings which come from Mongolia are a sight to behold.

BORBILLA

It is adjacent to Rawanagaon, 12 km east of Kamalabari. Prominent residential birds are the pall ash's fishing eagle, brahminy kite, herons, bitterns, etc. The migratory birds found here are the same as seen in the Saluki beel.

DUBORI TOLI

It is 13 km east of Kamalabari, in front of Mekheli Gaon. The greater adjutant stork, purple and grey heron, darter, pallash's fishing eagle, brahminy kite, darter, etc are seen here. The darters usually rest in the jungles, south-east of Dubori Toli.

Birds such as Common Crane are regular visitors to the chaporis or islets like Bhakat Chapori, Darbar Chapori, Major Chapori and Kumolia Chapori. These places can be reached with the help of country boats from the Kamalabari ghat. Francolins can be seen at Bonoria Chapori to the northeast of Bongaon.

Other important sites for bird watching are Bhakati Beel, Rupohi Beel, Solmari Beel, Kakorikata, Dherapora beel, Katimora beel, Doria Dubi, Batomari beel, Borphutuka beel, Kharkhari beel, Bhogpur beel, Kochariboka, Goroimari and Baghemari beel, Sawla, Gatanga, Sorai Chong, Fakelani, Howlee, Nalani, Orghuli, etc,.

Hence, Majuli Island represents a land of bio-diversity. Protection, maintenance and sustenance of different components of biodiversity are predominantly governed by the inhabitants of the Island. Major stakeholders of the area are the Sattras, the villagers and the Government. Protection and maintenance of the diverse land form are directly dependent on its users. The Sattras located on the Island are one of the major land holders. Government also own a large part of land and a part of land is also owned by the local people.