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.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Rare Tickell’s Thrush bird sighted, first in the region

 Manka Behl | Apr 10, 2016, 04.43 AM IST

Nagpur: In a rare sighting, a Tickell's Thrush bird was recently sighted in Yavatmal. This is believed to be the first sighting of the bird in the district.

The bird was spotted by avid birdwatcher Dhananjay Bhamburkar in the Pohara-Malkhed reserve forest in Amravati district. Young naturalist and founder of Disha Foundation, Yadav Tarte confirmed that the sighting was quite rare for the region. "The bird is common in the open forests of the Himalayas and North-East. It migrates seasonally into peninsular India. In Maharashtra, it has been previously sighted in Konkan and Jalgaon regions," said Tarte.

He added that the birds are omnivorous and mostly feed one earthworms and insects. "Its size is similar to that of Common Myna. While males of this specie have bluish upper parts and a white belly, females have brown upper parts. "Its sighting in the Deccan plateau at this time of the year is very surprising. This signifies the healthy biodiversity of our region," said Tarte.

TOI had earlier reported how Amravati has become a preferred habitat for many migratory birds. However, considering the threats to bird habitats that have come to fore during various bird population census, experts have been pushing for more research about the bird's habitat, hurdles, food habits, migration patterns and avoiding destruction of prominent bird habitats.


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