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.

Friday 30 October 2015

Yellow-throated bulbul, Verditer Fly catcher spotted in Ballari

There is some exciting news for birdwatchers and nature lovers. A yellow-throated bulbul was spotted in the city recently.’

Endangered species
Yellow-throated bulbul is a highly endangered species. It is sighted only in a few pockets in south India with scrub habitats on steep rocky hills. Hampi, surrounded by rocky terrain and scrubs, is one of them.

The beautiful bird was photographed by Pavan Yerragudi, an amateur birdwatcher, during his visit to the Ballari Fort on Thursday.

First time in Ballari
“Spotting a bird, for the first time in a city, is exciting news for bird watchers. The bird was endemic to Hampi and its surroundings. It [spotting it in Ballari] shows that they can adapt if given space,” S.K. Arun, a leading surgeon and district wildlife warden told The Hindu .

A day earlier, Pavan was also lucky to not only spot but also photograph Verditer Flycatcher, a migratory bird from the Himalayas, at the cultural complex in the city.

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