New bird and butterfly species spotted at Shendurney

The annual faunal survey of the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary has resulted in sightings of 5 new birds and three new butterflies for the primary time within the biodiversity hotspot.

The four-day endeavour undertaken by the Forest Division in affiliation with the Travancore Pure Historical past Society a couple of days in the past witnessed 10 groups of consultants recording the presence of 187 butterfly, 167 chook, 49 odonate, and 43 spider species within the 171 sq. km. sanctuary.

Kattalapara, Kallar, Rockwood, Umayar Pandimotta, Alwarkuruchi, Idimuzghangan, Rosemala and Darbhakulam have been the bottom camps chosen for the survey.

Whereas the sanctuary is taken into account a haven for birds, as many as 127 species have been sighted at Umayar, whereas the survey in Darbhakulam led to the recording of 65 species. The additions to the chook fauna have been Jerdon’s bush lark Mirafra affinis, White browed fantailed flycatcher Rhipidura aureola, Wire tailed swallow Hirundo smithii, Higher noticed eagle Clanga clanga, and Gray-breasted prinia Prinia hodgsonii.

Moreover, three different chook species — Chestnut-winged cuckoo Clamator coromandus, Banded bay cuckoo Cacomantis sonneratii, and Gray bellied cuckoo Cacomantis passserius — suspected to be current within the area have additionally been sighted. The State chook, Nice Indian hornbill Buceros bicornis, was sighted at a lot of the camps.

The additions to the butterfly guidelines in Shendurney have been Small cupid Chilades parrhasius, Hampson’s hedgeblue Acytolepis lilacea, and Broad tailed royal Creon cleobis. The sanctuary is the abode of a number of endemic butterflies, together with Pink-disc bush brown, Malabar raven, Malabar banded swallowtail, and Travancore night brown, whereas uncommon ones comparable to Madras ace, Sahyadri rosy oakblue, Golden tree-flitter, and Tamil dartlet have been additionally noticed. Whereas Kallar recorded 126 species, as many as 103 butterfly species have been discovered at Rosemala.

As many as 21 mammal species, together with Brown palm civet, Indian civet, Easy coated otter, Brown mongoose, dhole, tigers, elephants, leopards, gaurs and sambar deer, have been additionally discovered.

B. Sajeev Kumar, Wildlife Warden, Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, who inaugurated the survey, mentioned the findings could be compiled for revising the administration plan for the sanctuary.

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