As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Rare Malabar trogon sighted in Kotagiri jungle

Ooty: The sighting of Malabar Trogon (Harpactes fasciatus), an attractive, rare and elusive bird, in the Kotagiri jungles has delighted bird watchers.  The jungles around Kotagiri appear to be the perfect habitat for this rare bird to thrive and breed. Known to be a very shy bird, Malabar Trogon is a difficult subject for avian enthusiasts.

To capture it on a camera also demands extreme patience as lensmen would have to sit for days on end to sight them and then photograph them. K.Vijay, a well-known name in bird watching and avian photography in the hills who is also the executive committee member of the Nilgiris wildlife and environment association, recently spotted a couple of Malabar Trogons in the jungles in the Kunjappannai sector in Kotagiri hills. Recounitg his experience, he said the bright red-coloured birds are one of the spectacular avian wonders that are rarely sighted in the hills. 

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