Rare Birds sighted in Mangalore University

The rare birds namely the Yellow-Billed Babbler, Green Sandpiper and Grey-Necked Bunting Were spotted in the Mangalore University.

Highlights

  • The team of birdwatchers spotted 108 species of birds in Mangalore University while they were running the campus bird count (CBC).
  • The campus bird count is the part of the Great Backyard Bird Count which is organised by the Bird Count of India.
  • The bird count was conducted from February 12 to February 15, 2021.
  • Yellow-Billed Babbler, Green Sandpiper, and Grey-Necked Bunting are new additions to the avian that are found in the campus.
  • With this addition, CBC has recorded a total of 146 species in the campus within six years so far.
  • Other birds that were recorded this year are the Black Drongo, Black Kite, Plum-Headed Parakeets, Brahminy Kite, Common Iora, Jungle Babbler, Purple-Rumped Sunbird,  Red-Whiskered Bulbul and White-Cheeked Barbet.

Background

The campus bird count in the Mangalore university had recorded 77 species in the 2016. In 2017, 95 species were recorded, in 2018, 110 species were recorded while 107 species were discovered in 2019 besides 103 species in the year 2020.

Bird Count of India

It is an informal partnership of organizations and groups that working together so as to increase the collective knowledge regarding the distribution of birds and their populations. The organization works with them aim of documenting the distributional range and abundance birds in India.

Yellow-billed babbler

It belongs to the family Leiothrichidae. The bird is endemic to southern India and Sri Lanka. Scrub, cultivation and garden land are the habitat of the bird. The bird is not migratory.

Grey-necked bunting

Its scientific name is Emberiza buchanani. It is also called as the grey-hooded bunting. This species belongs to the family Emberizidae. It breeds in the range from Caspian Sea to Altai Mountains in Central Asia and in winters it also breeds in the parts of Southern Asia.

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