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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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[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 …