In what is being said as the first bird survey in India, the authorities have recorded the presence of 172 resident birds and 26 migratory birds. The survey was conducted in Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary abuts Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala and Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary
Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. From shrub and evergreen forest to a range of mammals, birds and reptiles, it dwells so many species of flora and fauna. For carrying out the survey, expert bird watchers were called from all over the country. They recorded the species from 15 to 16 November by setting up 14 campsites in the sanctuary.
Red Whiskered Bulbul was spotted in all the 14 campsites; Grey Jungle Fowl in 12; and Spotted Dove, Southern Coucal, White-Cheeked Barbet and Purple-Rumped Sunbird in 11. Species sighted only in one site were Broad-tailed Grass Warbler, Paddy Field Warbler, Black And Orange Flycatcher, Black-Headed Babbler, , Indian Rufous Babbler, Indian Blue Robin, Grey – Fronted Green Pigeon, Nilgiri Pipit, Speckled Piculet, Rufous Woodpecker, Malabar Troon And Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon
Further, Grey Wagtail, Greenish Leaf Warbler, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and Common Swallow were the frequently spotted migratory birds in the survey. And the migratory bird most uncommon, according to the survey, was the Indian blue robin in Vellimalai Sector.
Besides, the experts also recorded some species that are found only in the Western Ghats and many vulnerable & threatened species mentioned under International Union for Conservation of Nature. During the survey, the most outstanding sighting according to these experts was a flock of 23 great hornbills close to Arisipaarai.
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