The first ever bird survey of Kottayam town, conducted by Junior Naturalists of the Tropical Institute of Ecological Science (TIES), has identified 40 species.
According to Dr Punnen Kurian Venkadath, Secretary, TIES, Common myna, Black drongo, Red whiskered bulbul, and Jungle myna were among the most common birds identified in the town.
An alarming feature was that birds like Cattle egret, Pond heron and Little egret, considered as aquatic birds, have turned themselves scavengers and are found in large numbers among the heaps of municipal waste, he said.
Interestingly, the survey found that the town was also home to Vernal hanging parrots and Darters, which are not so common in urban surroundings.
The bird population is the highest in Chungom, Chalakunnu, and CMS College campus areas, and the lowest in Nagambadom Railway station sector, Kanjikkuzhy civil station areas and Thirunakkara Thekkum Gopuram areas. Incidentally, bird population at the PWD Guest House campus, which was high, has dwindled. The survey was conducted by junior naturalists, amateur bird watchers and experts after dividing the town area into seven sectors.Posted by The Hindu / Posted on Apr , 26 2017