Cherthala: A rare bird found in the forests of Western Ghats was spotted at Thanneermukkom. An Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, a colourful bird which is called ‘Moonnuviralan Ponman’ by Keralites was spotted here.
On Wednesday, the bird was spotted at the residence of Ravi at Thanneermukkom. Photographer Muth K Surendran, who is a bird lover, contacted ornithologists after noticing the rare bird.
The bird has been listed among the endangered species and is rarely seen in Kerala. According to ornithologists, this bird, measuring 13 cm in length, is the smallest kingfisher species.
The stunning colours of the bird will attract every one. A combination of orange and violet colour decor its head. The beautiful yellow beak makes it more colourful.
In 1933, renowned ornithologist Salim Ali discovered the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher in Agastya forest area which is 2000 feet above sea level.
The bird is commonly found in Western Ghats and the eastern states starting from the eastern side of West Bengal. It is also found in Goa and Assam.
The destruction of its natural habitat is the major challenge faced by these birds.
Ornithologists observed that the presence of the bird in a coastal area like Cherthala is really surprising. Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is rarely spotted in Kerala, said Dr B Sreekumar, a birdwatcher and president of Kottayam Nature Society.
Birdwatcher Mannar Harikumar said that the bird would have arrived in Kerala for breeding. Many birdwatchers keep visitng Thanneermukkom to observe the bird here.