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RARE SIGHTING: Broad-tailed Grassbird
RARE SIGHTING: Broad-tailed Grassbird

Two city-based ornithologists have sighted the nests of the Broad-tailed Grassbird a threatened species endemic to the Western Ghats in the Upper Sanatorium region of Ponmudi a few days ago.

The nests of two pairs of Broad-tailed Grassbird was sighted by C. Susanth and B.V. Premkrishan of Warblers and Waders, a nature lovers' forum. The first pair of birds was sighted on June 4 and the second pair on June 8. The ball-shaped nest was seen amidst coarse grass and was made of large blades of grass and fine fibrous material. This is reportedly for the first time that this bird, distinguished by its plain un-streaked appearance and broad rounded tail, is being seen at Ponmudi.

Mr. Susanth told The Hindu that his team also saw two chicks in one of the nests, being fed by the parent birds. The photograph of a Broad-tailed Grassbird was taken by Mr. Susanth. "It now transpires that this is for the first time a photograph of this bird is being taken. Anyway, after Salim Ali nobody has done any kind of research on this bird. Seeing these birds in Ponmudi itself is very rare. .

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