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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Dryland birds in 'wet' Kerala

Birdwatchers in Kerala have noticed a very unusual and disturbing phenomenon.They have otherwise been seen only in the drier parts of India."Our group has been tracking the spread of dry-land birds in Kerala systematically and we are seeing a pattern.Even though we need to do some more work correlating our observation from the field with historical weather and habitat data,our initial findings indicate that bird's that seek drier tracts are moving in to Kerala,"says P O Nameer,head of wildlife research at the college of Forestry ,Kerala Agricultural University,Thrissur,Among the bird species identified are peafowl,the Greater Spotted Eagle and Desert wheatear.
"The fact that these birds a are coming is an indication of changing temperature and also dryness',says Nameer.
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