Malabar Trogon or called as ‘Theekakka’ in Malayalam, these bird are a treat for the eyes. It is one among the most beautiful birds of Western Ghats.
The males and females vary in plumage. The male bird is an array of colours. It has shining red underparts and dark heads. The female bird is not that attractive.
It is found in the forests of Malesia and Philippines. In India it is mainly found in the Western Ghats, hill forests of central India and in parts of the Eastern Ghats.
First, a feeble low guttural call of a Trogon chick was heard from a tree branch. When spotted, it was so small that it couldn’t fly. It might have just come out of the nest. When a wind blew, it fought hard to hold on to the branch. Soon, its parents came with food, small grasshoppers.
These pictures from Thattekad bird sanctuary was captured by forest department official PJ Suhaib. He could capture the heartiest moments of the bids on camera.
Suhaib is the DFO at Anakulam near Adimali. He has travelled pan India in search of birds and is prepping up for a detailed study on hornbills.