THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - The presence of Great Eared Nightjar, a nocturnal forest bird belonging to Nightjar family, has been reported in Kerala for the first time. The avian variety, called Eurostopodus macrotis bourdilloni in scientific parlance, was spotted at Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary near here during the annual bird survey of the city-based Warblers and Waders.
The bird, rarely seen in south India, was last recorded from Siruvani foothills in Tamil Nadu in 1995, experts said. Besides the Great Eared Nightjar, more than 193 birds of different genres were found during the survey, C Susanth who coordinated the program said. It was against the 201 bird species spotted during the last year survey, he said. Major birds found during the survey included Painted Bush Quail, Sri Lankan Frogmouth, White-bellied Black Woodpecker, Great Indian Pied Hornbill, Black Baza, Blue-beared Bee-eater, Red winged Cresented Cuckoo, Booted Warbler and Blue Roch Thrush. (PTI)