Fifty bird species spotted [Biodiversity]
- As many as 50 species of birds were observed in the district on the second day of a bird survey held as part of the Kerala Bird Atlas Project.
- The species spotted include a common sandpiper, ruddy crake, black-headed ibis, and stork-billed kingfi sher, the largest among kingfi shers in the country.
- The bird atlas aims at collecting data on birds and identifying critical habitats. It is being held in two phases – wet season survey and dry season.
- Habitat loss owing to drastic alteration in land use pattern was observed to be a major threat in most places. Heavy rain during the observation period in the morning played spoilsport yet again.
- The survey, supported by the Social Forestry Wing of State Forests & Wildlife Department, is being conducted jointly by the WWF-India and the Travancore Natural History Society.
- The bird atlas aims at collecting data on birds and identifying critical habitats of the avian fauna.