Twitchers are in a flap after snapping a rare bird during a forest trek.
A group of birders trekking through the forest routes of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary spotted a Sirkeer Malkoha, a shy, earthy-brown bird that has been rarely photographed in Kerala.
In Kerala, the species has been spotted at the Sanctuary though its presence has been recorded in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The species has also been sighted at Marayoor, Wayanad and parts of Palakkad.
The expedition was organised by the Cochin Natural History Society in association with the Kerala Forest Department during the second week of this month.
Vishnu Sivadas of the 17-member team of bird-watchers snapped the bird during the two-day trip that covered Churulampetty, Koottar, Aalampetty and Thovanam areas.
They also sighted jungle bush quail, Ceylon green barbet, black eagle, grizzled giant squirrel, star tortoise and grey tufted langur along the forest route.
The bird was spotted at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary