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Jatinga , a village on a ridge, is located in the North Cachar Hills district, Assam State in India. It is 330km south of Guwahati. It is most famous for the phenomenon of birds “committing suicide”. It is mainly inhabited by about 2,500 Jaintia tribal people. North Cachar Hills is an administrative district in the state of Assam in India. ... Assam   (Assamese: অসম Ôxôm) is a north eastern state of India with its capital at Dispur, a part of Guwahati. ... Guwahati   (Assamese: গুৱাহাটী) is a major city in eastern India, often considered as the gateway to the North-East Region (NER) of the country and is the largest city within the region. ... Jaintia was an ancient hill kingdom in Assam. ...

At the end of monsoon months, mysterious behaviour of birds takes place. During moonless and foggy dark nights between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., flying birds come crashing to the ground with no prior warning whatsoever. These birds are likely disoriented by the presence of nearby lights, and villagers in the area take advantage of these birds to kill them for food. Monsoon in the Vindhya mountain range, central India A monsoon is a storm whose direction depends on the specific season. ...

Conservational groups and wildlife officials in India have taken steps to prevent this wanton killing of the birds, creating awareness in the illiterate villagers. Since then, the amount of birds killed have decreased by about 40 percent.

The tribalistic locals 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.

The cause of it is likely to be disorientation at high altitudes and high speed winds due to the widespread fog characteristic at the time. The zoological survey of India sent famous naturalist Dr Sudhir Sengupta to unravel this mystery. Dr Sengupta is of the opinion that weather conditions make changes in the magnetic qualities of the underground water in this area.This changes disturb the physiological rhythm of the local birds and they start behaving abnormally towards the sources of light.



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