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.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Israel’s national bird spotted in Kerala

A rare migratory bird, Hoopoe, has been sighted at Kayamkulam. The bird belonging to an endangered species, is characterised by a crown of feathers and a cry ‘oop, oop’, from which it derives its name.

The migratory bird is a rare sight in Kerala, says Harikumar, a bird watcher, who, along with Srimon, Secretary of Alappuzha Natural History society, had spotted the bird at the TKMM College grounds.

Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel. Its features include black and white stripes on its wings and tail. Its flight resembles that of a giant butterfly.

“It is a dryland species found outside Kerala, mostly in Tamil Nadu. The sighting in Alappuzha is rare. Two years ago, a Hoopoe was found at Nooranad,” he said.


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