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.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Rarely seen Spangled Drongo spotted

 Updated: November 15, 2015 05:43 IST

The shiny black bird created a flutter among birders in the city. It was the Spangled Drongo that is rarely sighted. “I noticed a black bird on a Peepul tree near the Sulur Lake. I first thought it was a crow because of its beak and the colour. But the feathers had a glossy sheen, and the tail feathers curled upwards and the bird also looked slimmer,” says birder P.B. Balaji.

He immediately photographed the bird and shared the image with members of Coimbatore Nature Society (CNS) Birding Club who confirmed it as the Spangled Drongo or a Hair-crested Drongo ( Dicrurus hottentottus ). “It is usually found in moist deciduous forests in the hills and foothills. This is possibly the first time the bird has been spotted in the plains. And they have hardly been sighted in the last 20 years,” says Mr. Balaji.

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