Ornithologist Ajay Gadikar, who has been working with the state's Forest department to attract the birds, said that 40 Lesser floricans have been spotted this season in four districts of the state.
He said that 22 birds, also called likh or kharmore in MP, had visited the state last year.
Damor claimed that the forest department's efforts to better the habitat of these migratory birds had paid off.
Every year, the birds migrate to Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat in July, and live there for around four months before flying off elsewhere. They are found only in the Indian subcontinent.
The survey held that construction activity, urbanisation and over-grazing of grasslands were destroying the birds' habitats, while predators such as stray dogs and other feral animals were preying on the birds' eggs.
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