The Asian Desert Warbler, a type of woodland bird, has been spotted in the Surajpur marshes by conservationists and bird watchers.
• These are winter migrant birds, which belong to the region of central and western Asia and parts of Eastern Europe.
• It is a small bird, both male and female are almost identical in colour, light brown.
• It breeds in semi-desert and dry steppe environments, as long as some bushes for nesting occur.
• They do not fly together in large numbers.
• IUCN Status: ‘Least Concern’.
• Surajpur is an urban wetland in Yamuna River basin in Gautam Buddh Nagar.
• It forms suitable breeding ground for waterfowl such as Spot-billed Duck, Lesser-whistling Duck, Cotton Pygmy Goose and Comb Duck Red-crested Pochard, Ferruginous
Pochard, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Common Teal, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall.
• Uttar Pradesh Forest Department in collaboration with WWF – India and supported by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, is implementing a project on the conservation planning and development of Surajpur
wetland since 2010.