Kozhikode: Bird watchers have spotted a rare migratory bird in bustard species called Lesser Florican at Kallayi in Kozhikode. The female bird was found ailing in the compound of Bibin Lal. This rare migratory bird is spotted in the district for the first time.

According to reports, the bird was spotted in Kerala only three times before.

Sathyan Meppayur and Dr. Jafar Palott, two bird watchers at Malabar Natural History Society, have identified the bird.

The bird will be released or handed over to forest department after it recovers from health issues.

Lesser Florican was spotted at Karunagappally in Kollam in 1990 and at Parassinikkadavu in Kannur in 1996. In 2012, it was spotted at Kole land at Thrissur.

In Kerala, the bird is called as ‘Chattakozhi’ due to its walking style during reproduction stage.

The bird is largely found at Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Sathyan Meppayur said that the birds used to migrate to south-eastern states after reproduction. Apart from India, these birds are also spotted at Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Over 4000 Lesser Floricans were found in India during 1982. But its headcount decreased to 750 during 1989.

According to a study carried out in 1994, 1672 Lesser Floricans were found here. But a fall in number was recorded later. The bird is an endangered species as per the Red List of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).