Such riverine habitats support a wide variety of bird species, many of them nest on sandbars and others forage along or in the water channel.

During the winter season, a number of migratory birds invade the Padma char-land and some people hunt these birds to earn money.

Last year, a total of 4,025 birds of 37 species were counted and 27 of those were migratory.

Nur-E-Soud, a member of Rajshahi Bird Club, called for declaring the Padma river-beds as a sanctuary for birds.