Rare birds spotted in squirrel sanctuary

February 16, 2013 12:00 am | Updated 05:00 am IST - CHENNAI:

Twenty species of rare, endemic and migrant birds have been recorded in the Grizzled Giant Squirrel Sanctuary in Srivilliputhur during a recently concluded bird survey.

S. Chandrasekaran, Member of the Bombay Natural History Society, who was part of the survey, said the rare endemic species included Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Mountain and Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagles, Great Indian and Malabar Pied Hornbills, Mountain and green imperial pigeons. These species were found only in the high altitudes of Western Ghats.

Steppe Eagle, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Bluecapped Rockthrush were some of the rare migrants recorded in the sanctuary during the survey, Mr. Chandrasekaran said.

A total of 10 camps were pitched in the four ranges of the sanctuary - Watrap, Saptur, Srivilliputhur and Rajapalayam - for the survey, which was held on December 23 and 24 last year. Each camp had an ornithologist assisted by a few students from local colleges along with two forest guards/watchers.

The survey was divided into three sessions - two on December 23 and one on 24. The data was mainly collected for statistical analysis and to estimate the abundance of bird species in the sanctuary. However, the participants were allowed to record birds sighted during other times so as to help in preparing a checklist.

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