According to the birdwatchers team finds rare birds namely the Yellow-Billed Babbler, Green Sandpiper and Grey-Necked Bunting Were spotted in the Mangalore University in Karnataka.

  • The team spotted 108 species of birds in the University while they were running the campus bird count.
  • The campus bird count is the part of the Great Backyard Bird Count which is organised by the Bird Count of India (BCI).
  • The bird count was conducted from 12 to 15th February 2021.
  • The Yellow-Billed Babbler, Grey-Necked Bunting and Green Sandpiper are new additions to the avian that are found in the Mangalore University.
  • With this addition, campus bird count has recorded a total of 146 species in the campus within 6 years so far.
  • Other birds that were recorded this year are the
    • Black Drongo
    • Red-Whiskered Bulbul
    • Black Kite
    • Jungle Babbler
    • Plum-Headed Parakeets
    • Brahminy Kite
    • Common Iora
    • Purple-Rumped Sunbird
    • White-Cheeked Barbet

Backdrop

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

About Bird Count of India

The Bird Count of India (BCI) 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.

About Yellow-billed babbler

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

About Grey-necked bunting

The Grey-necked bunting scientific name is Emberiza buchanani and it is also known 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.

Rare Birds sighted in Mangalore University Rare Birds sighted in Mangalore University