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New species of bird sighted in Silent Valley

The winter bird survey was conducted jointly by the Forest Department and the Kerala Natural History Society.

The winter bird survey in the Silent Valley National Park has discovered Long Legged Buzzard, a new species of raptor from Sisprara, its highest peak. J. Praveen, a national bird watcher, discovered the bird during the five-day winter bird survey in Silent Valley, which ended on December 11.

The survey found 10 endangered species recorded in the Red Data Book. It found 17 species that were new to the Silent Valley area.

The endangered species include the Red winged crested cuckoo, Malabar pied Hornbill, Nilgiri laughing thrush, Pale harrier, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri fly catcher.

The survey found 15 endemic species to the Western Ghats, including the Nilgiri laughing thrush. It recorded 138 species of birds. The most abundant bird was the Black bulbul.

Survey

The winter bird survey was conducted jointly by the Forest Department and the Kerala Natural History Society from December 7 to 11.

KG. Raghu, Dilip, P.K. Uthaman, C. Sushanth Kumar, L. Namasivayam and Sashi Kumar headed the seven camps set up in Silent Valley. They were assisted by 25 Forest officials led by Wildlife Warden of the National Park K.V. Uthaman.

President of the Kerala Natural History Society L. Namasivayam said they would conduct the summer and monsoon surveys in Silent Valley during these seasons.

The summer survey conducted in the park in March had identified 126 species. Four of them were new.

That survey found a large number of endemic species of the Western Ghats such as Nilgiri bluebird, Laughing thrush, White-bellied tree-pie and Malbar trogon.

G. Prabhakaran

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