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Manipur Government has issued an order prohibiting the hunting and killing of Amur Falcons, locally known as Akhuaipuina.
The order was issued in view of the arrival of Amur falcons. This particular bird is known for its capability to fly the longest distance in one go.
In an order, the Tamenglong district administration stated that hunting, killing and destruction of wildlife, including migratory birds Amur falcons, for food or possession or otherwise is a punishable under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
Earlier, A. Romeshwor Singh, in-charge of Regional Forest Officer, Tousem in Tangmenglong district said that the birds not only help in pest control but it also in the pollination of varied plants and flowers.
This period (October-November) is the "crucial period" in Amur Falcons life cycle, the order stated while directing the authorities of 36 villages to strictly monitor the implementation of the directive.
The district administration has also banned the use of airguns.