The second edition of Birds of Coimbatore is a handy guide for seasoned bird watchers of Tamil Nadu

The e book covers over 400 species of birds that may be seen throughout varied districts of Tamil Nadu

A placing picture of a dusky brown fowl captures my consideration as I flip by way of the pages of the newly-launched e book titled Birds of Coimbatore. It’s the spot-bellied eagle-owl with a pair of spherical, darkish eyes staring out of a flat face. It has a pointy yellow invoice however what makes it arresting is its pair of distinctive ear tufts. A fast look by way of the part on owls enlightens you on 15-odd species: the serene-looking barn owl in brown and gray shades, the Ceylon bay-owl distributed throughout the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka, and the jungle owlet with brilliant, yellow eyes.

A short description accompanies each {photograph} and highlights the conservation standing of the fowl as uncommon, threatened, extinct, unusual or of least concern as decided by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN). “A pictorial habitat icon signifies if the fowl may be seen in grasslands, wetlands, rocky forests or paddy fields, or is nocturnal, and a QR code guides the readers to the xeno-canto web site (devoted to sharing fowl sounds from all around the world) the place they will hearken to the fowl name,” says G Prakash, who has co-authored the e book together with A Pavendhan and PB Balaji.

The e book, in its second version, is introduced out collectively by Coimbatore Nature Society (CNS), a birding group with over 200 members that has been organising fowl walks each weekend since 2012, and Younger Indians (Coimbatore Chapter), an initiative of the Confederation of Indian Business. “It’s a compilation of birds, a complete of 409 species, sighted over the landmass of Coimbatore throughout totally different habitats from 2012 to September 2020,” says Pavendhan.

Invaluable information

Whereas the part on trogons, the birds of tropical forest, reveals a female and male Malabar trogon with its crimson pink plumage, the one on hoopoes and hornbills is a visible deal with of cinnamon colored widespread hoopoe, black-yellow-white nice hornbill, and the Malabar gray hornbill. It continues with the part on doves and pigeons. Try the Asian emerald dove, the State fowl of Tamil Nadu that sits fairly with a bluish-grey crown, emerald inexperienced wings and pinkish legs.

Knob-billed duck

The ‘geese and geese’ phase options resident geese like cotton pygmy-goose, knob-billed duck and the migrant ones just like the highest-flying bar-headed goose. “The nice crested grebe, a uncommon winter customer, sighted in Coimbatore and nowhere else in South India finds a point out within the e book,” says P B Balaji, including that Tamil names of birds together with scientific and customary names is a giant plus. “For many who are new to fowl watching, introduction to birds chapter is complete. For seasoned birders, the guidelines and the 40 hotspots are invaluable. It may give a push to ecotourism within the area,” provides Balaji. One other spotlight is the introduction by Krishnaraj Vanavarayar that covers Coimbatore’s historical past from the prehistoric instances in addition to its present milestones in schooling, agro-industries, textiles and car sector.

Pavendhan attracts your consideration to the migratory birds that throng a myriad landscapes together with wetlands, forests, and grasslands throughout the wintering months. “The birds featured may be seen throughout all districts of Tamil Nadu.”

Indian Courser

Whereas the Indian peafowl and grey francolin (koudhari in Tamil) that may simply be noticed in urbanscape take centrestage amongst ground-feeding birds, there may be sufficient info on larger flamingos, that make an occasional look at Coimbatore wetlands whereas enroute to their wintering grounds.

Tracing the journey of the e book, R Selvaraj, the founding president of CNS says the target is to teach individuals on fowl watching and finally conservation. A ten-member group has labored tirelessly to make sure that the information is credible. “We have now specialists amongst us in shore birds, owls, and geese to call a number of, who’ve contributed immensely to the e book.”

Prakash is fast so as to add that the e book’s USP are the priceless on-field observations by birders; he offers an instance: “Darter, which known as snake fowl, has a singular feeding behaviour. It darts its neck to impale fish after which brings it out of water and tosses it in air earlier than swallowing the fish. The cormorants who share the habitat tries its luck to catch the fish.”

The authors say fowl watching can also be about widespread birds. “Have you ever tried seeing a jungle crow or widespread crow utilizing binoculars?” asks Prakash, including,“The looks and behavior is fascinating. You possibly can be taught a lesson in each single transfer of the fowl. Chicken watching can by no means be boring.”

The e book is priced at ₹1,000. Google Pay numbers are 9840092602, 9842261279. Reductions supplied for college kids and bulk purchases from establishments. Write to cnsnature@gmail.com

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