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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 …

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[2 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
All Kerala Bird Photography Competition 2010

In connection with Dr.SalimAli Day, WWF India is conducting an All Kerala Bird Photography Competition 2010 in this month. Selected entries will be included in the exhibition conducted on 12th & 14th Nov. 2010 at Museum Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram.  The last date for submitting your entries is on 9th November, 2010. Hurry Up! The details are as follows:

All Kerala Bird Photography Competition, 2010
Ref Source: WWF India Website
Subject: Birds of Kerala (Any bird species reported within the boundaries of the state of Kerala and reported till June 2010. Human elements …

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[26 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Common Kingfisher

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within its wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa. It is also known as Eurasian Kingfisher or River Kingfisher. It is resident in much of its range, but migrates from areas where rivers freeze in winter. They are important members of ecosystems and good indicators of freshwater community health.
In Kerala with 44 main rivers and countless other water bodies, this species is a common resident here. It feeds mainly on fish, caught by diving, and has special …

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[13 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher has Spotted from Thattekad, Kerala

After a long 15 years, we once again heard the wing flaps of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) from Kerala, that too from Thattekad, one of the famous bird sanctuary here. The bird is also known as Black Backed Kingfisher or Three Toed Kingfisher in many places.
It was in 1995, last time it is reported from Thattekad. Dr. R Sugathan the famous ornithologist and a student of Dr. Salim Ali, identified one Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher near a stream inside the sanctuary. Two weeks back, Ornithologists spotted this beautiful bird once …

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[12 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Malabar Trogon

The Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus) is a beautiful bird species in the trogon family. It is endemic to the forests of Sri Lanka and India, mainly at Western Ghats. These birds are very shy in nature and that makes them difficult subjects to bird photographers.
In Kerala, it’s known as “Thee-kakka” – meaning a fire-crow – due to its bright crimson red colored underside. These birds usually perch still, preferred to be in a territory without moving around so much. Its bright colors and the sound of wing flaps often make …

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[23 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
Bird of the Week – Malabar Parakeet

The Malabar Parakeet (Psittacula columboides) – also known as the Blue-winged Parakeet – is endemic to Southern India where it is still locally fairly common – though their numbers have decreased due to loss of habitat and trapping for the pet trade. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as Least Concern, but still its a fact that the population size has not been quantified yet.
Size & Shapes
Adult parakeets are sized up to 38Cms.
Colorization

Adult: The male’s overall colour is a bluish-grey, sometimes with a reddish-pink tint. Ring around the …