VADODARA: Indian Courser, a rare species of ground bird, was sighted and recorded for the first time on the outskirts of the city recently. The bird that finds mention in the Red List of threatened species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was photographed near Ajwa.
The courser was very common in short grass covered open and uncultivated lands of Gujarat, but has today vanished in many areas. Bird experts say that there is no official record for the sighting of this species in the city.
Commonly known as 'Rann Godhalo' in Gujarat, the bird breeds mainly from March to August. The bird is known to camouflage itself according to its habitat.