Lesser Florican, a rare bird, found in Kasaragod

Birdwatchers have noticed a uncommon migratory chook of the bustard species named Lesser Florican within the wetlands of Chattanchal in Kasaragod.

That is the primary time {that a} uncommon migratory chook is noticed within the district. Whereas it’s the fifth reporting of the chook in Kerala, Lesser Florican was earlier noticed at Karunagappally in Kollam in 1990 and Parassinikadavu in Kannur in 1996. In 2012, it was present in Thrissur. The chook was noticed in Kozhikode in 2017.

Birdwatchers Shyamkumar Purvankara and Harish Babu, who noticed the chook, mentioned in Kerala, the species known as ‘Chattakozhi’ owing to the best way it walks.

Mr. Shyamkumar mentioned the chook was endemic to the Indian subcontinent, and that it was largely present in southern and jap Gujarat, southern Rajasthan, and jap Madhya Pradesh. The birds have additionally been noticed at Sindh and Pakistan.

Mr. Shyamkumar mentioned the chook is critically endangered. In accordance with the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), their numbers have declined since 1982. Whereas the birds had been numbered 4,374 then, it got here all the way down to 1,672 in 1989. Nevertheless, they went as much as 3,530 in 1999 and declined to 1,500 in 2020.

The birds migrate from south and central components of the Indian subcontinent to northwestern India from March to August.

Mr. Shyamkumar mentioned the habitation loss on account of dwindling grassland, invasive species, pesticide air pollution, indiscriminate growth exercise, and looking had affected the inhabitants of the species.

Even these birds noticed within the State earlier had been discovered injured or useless. However the one which was noticed was wholesome and was discovered together with different birds at Chattanchal, he added.

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