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[16 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Nilgiri Laughingthrush – Birds of Kerala

Nilgiri laughingthrush, Trochalopteron cachinnans, is an endangered (IUCN 3.1) bird species endemic to the Nilgiri areas of Western Ghats. This species is also known as Rufous-breasted Laughingthrush or Black-chinned Laughingthrush. Its global population is principally confined to the Nilgiri Hills, India. Once rich, its shola habitat witnessed significant loss during the 19th and 20th centuries with the arrival of tea plantations. The remaining habitat also faces severe threat from grazing, lopping, and intrusion.

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[10 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week: Black-and-Orange Flycatcher

This is a very beautiful small bird endemic to Western Ghats in peninsular India. The main population of this flycatcher is found in the high altitude areas of Western Ghats, the Nilgiris and around the Palani Hills. The IUCN conservation status of this beautiful bird is as ‘Nearly Threatened’. Large scale destruction of Shola and Evergreen Forests has directly affected the distribution of this endemic bird. Though it’s high tolerant to modified habitats, the high rate of habitat loss is a real threat at present.

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[8 Dec 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Two Extinct Vulture Species Spotted from Wayanad

An exciting news has came out from the Malabar region, northern part of Kerala. The Malabar Ornithological Survey 2010 conducted by the State Forest and Wildlife Department team has spotted an Indian White-backed Vulture (Gyps Bengalensis) and a Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) from Wayanad. These two vulture were considered as Extinct till now. Even at the Bird Surveys by Dr. Salim Ali, these species were not recorded in Kerala forests.

Indian White-backed Vulture (Picture Courtesy: Wikipedia)
In North India, these two species were so common until 1990s. Like other vultures these are scavengers, …

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[17 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Bird of the Week – Great Indian Hornbill

Great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) – also known as Great Pied Hornbill – is one of the largest and beautiful member of the hornbill family. It is endemic to the forests of Indian subcontinent, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Indonesia. This bird has a considerably longer lifespan among birds, studies confirm in India it lives around 35 years and may go upto 50 years in captivity.
The Great Hornbill is the State bird of Chin state in Myanmar, and Kerala and Arunachal in India. The conservation status of this beautiful bird …