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.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Rare Bird Sighted in Vaikom

By Express News Service

Published: 07th April 2015 06:06 AM

Last Updated: 07th April 2015 06:06 AM

Emberiza fucata.jpgKOTTAYAM: A relatively rare bird called Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata or Grey-headed bunting) has been spotted at Ezhumanthuruthu paddy fields near Vaikom in Kottayam district. According to bird watchers’ community this is for the first that the bird is being sighted in Kerala.

“This bird has never been reported to have sighted in south or central India before,” they said.

The bird was found and photographed at Ezhumanthuruthu by P J George, a birdwatcher and associate professor of English at St Domninic’s College, Kanjirapally, a week ago, which was later confirmed by birdwatchers’ community.

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