• A greater flamingo came amidst greens in the serene water body.
  • The flamingos were last spotted in the region about three decades ago.
  • For the longest time, the Eastern Ghats bordering Andhra Pradesh had remained neglected by birders and researchers.
  • Now, with the concerted efforts of some individuals and birding groups, a proper documentation of bird species — resident and migratory — is being carried out.
  • There are close to 100 bird species in this hill alone and few are also listed in the IUCN’s Red List,” says Ashok, who has also made an eight-minute video on the birds of Kailasagiri.
  • Among the significant findings is the ‘Near Threatened’ species of Tytler’s leaf warbler.
  • Rich in biodiversity, the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh support a good forest cover.
  • The last detailed documented work on bird species of this region was done by the bird man of India, Dr. Salim Ali.
  • A survey conducted sometime ago by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment of the northern Eastern Ghats hill region identified more than 205 species of birds including the relatively rarer ones like Brook’s Flycatcher and Jerdon’s Baza.
  • Threatened bird species like the Malabar Pied Hornbills was also spotted in a couple of habitats in packed flocks.

What is eBird platform?

  • eBird is a global, internet-based platform for gathering observations of birds, and for birders to maintain records of their sightings.
  • Housed in Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology, the India chapter of eBird is managed by Bird Count India
  • The platform encourages birders to maintain complete bird lists and upload them on eBird, conducts periodic bird events and projects, offers support and resources to birding groups conducting their own projects and put together useful information on bird monitoring