The Mysterious Bird Suicide Spot “Jatinga”

A village on a ridge located at Dima Hasao District, Assam a state in North-East India. The village is lush green and scenic, surrounded by serene mountains. But that’s not what it’s famous for. In fact, it is most famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”.

The Bird Mystery is a unique phenomenon that occurs at Jatinga at the end of monsoon months especially on foggy dark nights in between September and November each year. During these late monsoon months, several migratory and local birds commit mass suicide at the village. Just after sunset, hundreds of birds descend from the sky, plummeting to their deaths by crashing into buildings and trees. These dazed birds are captured using bamboo poles by the locals. The local tribal’s first took this natural phenomenon to be spirits flying from the sky to terrorize them. This phenomenon is not confined to a single species, with tiger bittern, black bittern, little egret, pond heron, Indian pitta, and kingfishers all being affected.

This phenomenon has captured the interest of wildlife circles and tourists, making the village of Jatinga world famous. The birds alone are responsible for a boost in tourism during the monsoon months. And they’re quite delicious; locals relish these exotic delicacies.

To promote tourism, district authorities have created a festival around the bird suicide, called the Jatinga Festival. The first edition was held in 2010. Bird watchers, nature lovers, tour operators, travel writers and tourists come to Jatinga Village, join the local tribes and communities for the International Jatinga Festival. Jatinga had enormous potential to attract tourists, not just from the country, but from all over the world.

So why just ignore such destination, this is definitely a life time opportunity for the peoples who wants to explore new places. A unique experience is must for travellers this monsoon.

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