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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 …