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Malabar Whistling Thrush spotted in Asifabad forest

Published: 9th Dec 2021 12:17 am

Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Foresters of the Kaghaznagar forest division spotted Malabar whistling thrush, a native of Western and Eastern ghats, in the forest near Daregaon village in Kaghaznagar mandal recently.

Malabar whistling thrush spotted in the forest near Daregaon village in Kaghaznagar mandal. — Photo: Rajesh Kanny
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Penchikalpet Forest Range Officer S Venugopal and the forest department’s photographer Rajesh Kanny found the bird that produces unique whistles when they were birding in the forest in the first week of November. “The discovery reflects the suitable living conditions that the forest has for winged creatures,” Venugopal said, adding the discovery had brought cheer to foresters of the division.

Popularly known as ‘Whistling Schoolboy’ for the whistling calls that it makes at dawn that have a very human quality, this bird species is a resident of Western ghats and associated hills of peninsular India including Central India and parts of the Eastern Ghats. The birds are not migratory but are known to disperse widely in winter.

On November 26, Adilabad-based wildlife photographer Lingampalli Krishna captured on camera an Amur Falcon, a small raptor, during the all India carnivore sign survey carried out by the forest department in the forests of Penchikalpet Forest range. The migratory bird was recorded for the first time in the forests of this region.

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