Rare bird great stone-curlew spotted on banks of Bharathappuzha
Pattambi (Palakkad): A rare type of migratory bird has been spotted on the banks of Bharathappuzha river here. The great stone-curlew was spotted by birdwatcher Shino Jacob Koottanad from Thrithala. He also captured a picture of the bird.
Every year, many types of migratory birds from Europe and Nigeria keep visiting the Nila River. However, the local migratory bird great stone-curlew is very rarely found here. They are considered as local migratory birds as they come from other states in India.
In Kerala, great stone-curlews are spotted in Maadayippara in Kanur, Meenkara dam in Palakkad and the kole wetlands in Thrissur and Alappuzha, as stated in the global birdwatchers website E-Bird.
Great stone-curlew has a length of 49-55 centimetres. Its bill is 7 centimetres long. A white ring around the eye and two black lines above and below the eye are features to identify the bird. Its top portion of the body is grey-brown in colour and the bottom part is white. Eyes are yellow and legs are greenish yellow. They mainly feed on crabs and insects.
Great stone-curlew belongs to the category of near-threatened species in the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species). When the bird is exposed to threatening situations like the presence of enemy, it tries to run away than flying.