South Wayanad bird survey records 166 species – The Hindu

A complete fowl survey performed collectively by the State Forest Division and the Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology on the mountain ranges of the South Wayanad Forest Division recorded 166 species of birds, together with 13 species endemic to the Western Ghats and two globally threatened species.

The survey, performed after virtually 15 years, recorded, for the primary time, the nesting of Asian brown flycatcher, a migratory fowl from central India discovered breeding within the shola forests of Camel’s Hump mountain complicated. Often, the fowl arrived within the Western Ghats throughout October for wintering, returned by the tip of April and bred in northern India, mentioned Hume Centre director C.Ok. Vishnudas.

As many as 40 fowl lovers from throughout the State participated within the survey. The same survey was performed within the area in 2007, mentioned Mr. Vishnudas.

The survey lined most mountain tops on the Western Ghats, together with Kurichyarmala, Vannathimala, Ambmala, Mandamala, Lakkidi, Kargil, Chembramala, Vellarimala, Aranamala, Thollayiram, and Kattippara. It recorded 15 species of raptors, together with rufous-bellied eagle, white-eyed buzzard and Bonelli’s eagle.

Moreover 11 species of flycatchers, the survey additionally recorded seven species of woodpeckers, seven species of owls, six species of bulbuls and eight species of babblers. Uncommon fowl sightings embody long-billed Pipit from Chembra and bright-headed cisticola from Kurichyarmala and Chembra.

Banasura Chilappan (Montecincla jerdoni), an endangered forest fowl, was noticed in good numbers from the shola forests above 1,800-m elevation within the Camel’s Hump mountains. The worldwide distribution of the species is restricted to the three mountain ranges of Wayanad, and that too in an space lower than 50 sq. km.

The endemic birds recorded embody grey-headed bulbul, Malabar gray hornbill, Nilgiri wooden pigeon, white-bellied treepie, flame-throated bulbul, white-bellied blue flycatcher, black and orange flycatcher, crimson-backed sunbird and Malabar barbet. As many as 14 species of migratory birds had been additionally discovered.

The survey was coordinated by Rathish R.L. and Shahil of the Hume Centre, and supervised by South Wayanad Divisional Forest Officer P. Ranjith Kumar.

“Contemplating the small vary of habitat of the Banasura Chilappan, the Camel’s Hump mountain ranges ought to be elevated to a nationwide park standing to guard the remaining habitat of one of many rarest birds of India,” mentioned Mr. Vishnudas.

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