Waterfowls charm Kottayam despite being threatened
Kottayam: The breeding season of waterfowls in the lakes of Kottayam has arrived. But most of them struggle to survive and protect their habitat.
These birds lay eggs and hatch between the months of March and August. The waterfowls common in Kottayam include Little Cormorant bird (‘Neerkakka’), Darter bird (‘Chera Kozhi’), Indian Shag (‘Kinnari Neer Kakka’), Indian Pond Heron ( ‘Kula Kokku’), Little Egret (‘Chinnamundi’), Great Egret (‘Perumundi’), Purple Heron (‘Chayamundi’), Painted Stork (‘Varnakokku’), ‘Kashandi Kokku’ and Pelicans.
Among them, little cormorant birds, darter birds, Indian shags and Indian pond herons reside in the vicinity of the Kottayam town. The darter birds rule the trees of Nagampadam. Birdwatcher Dr Raju Nair says that it’s really a wonder that such a whole lot of birds nestle in trees near a town.
Kumarakom, a favourite spot
Birds including painted storks, little egret, purple heron, great egret and ‘kashandi kokku’ have settled in Kumarakom. Reports show that 11 varieties of waterfowls reside in the district. The mother bird remains in the nest to incubate the eggs and to feed the young ones till they fly away. The male bird will be usually busy in bringing food for its family in the nest. From May, there are more than hundreds of nests of these birds here.
Four varieties of waterfowls have been listed as endangered species. Pelicans, painted storks, darter birds and ‘Kashandi Kokku’ were categorised as threatened species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They have prepared their nests in the bird sanctuary of Kavanattinkara. Pollution, deforestation and eggs getting destroyed are the cause of these birds being in endangered list.
Kottayam Nature Society president Dr B Sreekumar had requested to facilitate the birds to inhabit the trees of Nagampadam without disturbing the people.