COIMBATORE, APRIL 03, 2018 12:42 IST
This is the first recorded sighting in Tamil Nadu
The members of Environment Conservation Group, a Coimbatore-based NGO, sighted a rare bird species at Achankulam near Sulur on Monday.
According to R. Mohammed Saleem, head of the NGO, the team sighted a bird that looked similar to Blue-tailed bee-eater. But it had a prominent blue-cheek and the blue tail of the Blue-tailed bee-eater was missing. They later identified it as blue-cheeked bee-eater (Merops persicus). The bird was rarely sighted in South India and theirs was the first recorded sighting in the State, he said.
Normally, bee-eaters are found in semi-desert, steppe, dunes, saline pans, thorn woodland and sandy slopes with small gulleys, ravines, quarries, pits and embankments.
The bird breeds mainly in deserts near bodies of water fringed with reeds and tamarisks. During the non-breeding season it inhabits a wide variety of greener habitats including savannah, broad river valleys, woods, lake shores, swamps, ponds, and dams. It has a life span of 6.2 years.