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November 22, 2020

Willow Warbler sighted for the first time in India

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  • It is one of the lengthiest migrating tiny birds that breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe and the Palearctic

  • This bird has been spotted for the first time in the country at Punchakkari in Kerala.

  • The bird weighs around 10 g, its tall wing feathers that help fly long distances makes it peculiar. 

  • Commonly seen in European and the Palearctic regions, the birds migrate to sub-Saharan Africa during early winter.

  •  It is strongly migratory, with nearly all of the population wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Warblers are commonly difficult to identify owing to the small size and change in plumage twice a year.

  • They are also the greatly difficult groups of birds to identify in the field for their striking resemblance to each other.

  • It is a bird of open woodlands with trees and ground cover for nesting, including greatly importantly birch, alder, and willow habitats. 

  • IUCN status: Least Concern

The Vellayani-Punchakkari paddy areas

These paddy areas are a birding hotspot on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram. It is known to harbour more than 213 species of birds that include both inhabitant and migratory ones. As many as seven species of warblers have been noted from the Vellayani-Punchakkari fields.