Rare bird, spotted 50 years back, found dead in Meppayur
Meppayur: An Oriental dwarf kingfisher, a rarely found bird in the evergreen forests of Kerala, was found dead after hitting against the wall, near Meppayur LP School. The bird was previously spotted in Meppayur in 1996.
Bird watcher Sathyan Meppayur said that the non-migrant bird’s movement from dense forests to human inhabited areas is rather mysterious. The beautiful bird was handed over to Zoological Survey of India at Kozhikode for stuffing.
Oriental dwarf kingfisher is also called a black-backed kingfisher or three-toed kingfisher. It usually inhabits in dense forests and near small streams. The bird is commonly found in the forest region of Indian subcontinent and southern parts of Asia. They mainly feed on the fish and other small creatures like frogs, snails, crickets, crabs and flies. Compared to the other varieties of kingfisher birds, this one is more beautiful with multi-coloured feathers.