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.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Rare Indian Courser spotted on city outskirts

Indian Courser (Cursorius coromandelicus) at Bharatpur I IMG 5437.jpgVADODARA: 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.

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