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, 1 September 2016

Delhi birders spot rare desert bird which is usually found in Pakistan's Sindh province

PUBLISHED: 23:40, 27 August 2016 | UPDATED: 23:40, 27 August 2016


A desert bird, ‘Stoliczka’s Bushchat’ or the ‘Whitebrowed Bushchat,’ has been spotted in the capital. The bird sighting is the first in Delhi’s ornithological history.

Stolickza's Bushchat.jpgResembling a sparrow, it is scarce and locally endemic to Rajasthan, Gujarat and the Sindh province of Pakistan. 

However, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)-listed ‘vulnerable’ species has recently been seen in the Yamuna Khadar area near Wazirabad Barrage. 
Resembling a sparrow, it is scarce and locally endemic to Rajasthan, Gujarat and the Sindh province of Pakistan.

An avid birder, KB Singh, says: “The spotting has given us reasons to conserve the river habitat better and rid it of pollution.” 

Mostly recorded in the ‘Desert National Park’ and Churu district of Rajasthan, it occurs alone or in pairs, perching on the tops of exposed bushes and dropping to the ground to feed. 

A summary by ornithologist Asad R. Rahmani in 1993 listed only 31 known localities in western India. 

It inhabits desert plains where ground-cover is 25-50 per cent according to Birdlife International’s (2000) ‘Threatened Birds of the World.’ 


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