Rare migratory bird ‘Red-necked falcon' spotted in Koottanad
Pattambi (Palakkad): A rare migratory bird was spotted at Nila river banks in Thrithala here. The bird identified as ‘Red-necked falcon’ is called ‘Chenthalayan Pullu’ in Malayalam. It is scientifically known as Falco Chicquera. The bird is spotted at the western part of the district for the first time.
Normally, this falcon is found in north India, areas ranging from outskirts of India to Pakistan and in Sri Lanka. The bird’s name comes from its red coloured head. Its upper part of the body is grey and lower part is white with black stripes.
Red-necked falcon is upto 36 cm long and weighs nearly 240 grams. It feeds on other birds and small creatures. Their major habitat is open spaces and do not prefer hilly areas and dense forests. The breeding season is from January to March. They lay 35 eggs at a time and the hatchlings come out within 32-34 days.
Birdwatcher and wildlife photographer Shino Jacob captured picture of the rare bird at Koottanad. He said it is the 200th variety of bird spotted in the region. He had prepared a social media album ‘Birds of Koottanad’ including pictures of all other birds spotted at the place earlier.