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.

Sunday 26 November 2017


By Deepthi Sanjiv, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: Nov 20, 2017, 04.00 AM IST

At least three rare birds have been sighted in the last two months by the birders of undivided Dakshina Kannada district – one from Dakshina Kannada and two from Udupi district.

Shivashankar M from the Coastal Bird Watchers Network said, “On Nov 12, we spotted the lesser coucal – a species of cuckoo – at Kenjar near the Mangaluru International Airport. Two juveniles were sighted hiding in a bush by Roshan Kamath. The lesser coucal (Centropus bengalensis) is a species of cuckoo in the family Cuculidae. It is common to spot the greater coucal in the region. This bird is generally found in the north-east region and this is the first sighting for coastal Karnataka.

“Lesser coucal is distinguished by its smaller size, less prominent bill, pale shaft streaks on the feathers of the head and back. It has a much longer claw on its hind toe and a distinct call. It is also among the few coucals that show season plumage differences. But, like in other coucals, the sexes cannot be distinguished in the field,” explained Shivashankar.

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