//Rare birds sighted in Silent Valley

Rare birds sighted in Silent Valley

G. Prabhakaran, The Hindu, Saturday, Mar 25, 2006

PALAKKAD: The most elusive birds of Kerala, Ceylon Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniligeri), Pallied Harrier and Marsh Harriers, were spotted in the Silent Valley National Park in a bird survey conducted in the evergreen forest from March 9 to 12.

L. Namassivayam, head of the survey team, says that seven numbers of the most elusive Ceylon Frogmouth were spotted within 100 metres during the survey. This is considered a unique record for Kerala.

As many as 127 species, representing a wide family of distribution, were found in the park. Nine new species such as the Pallied, Marsh Harriers, Red Munia, Iora, etc., were also found. The other dominant species found were the Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Black Bulbul and the Yellow-browed Bulbul. Many of them were found building nests before the onset of the monsoon.

The survey team also visited the controversial upper reaches of the Pathrakadavu hydel project on the border of the Park.

The survey was jointly organised by the State Forest Department and the Kerala Natural History. Thirty-five birdwatchers from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala participated in the survey.