• Crested bunting, a rare bird endemic to the slopes of the Himalayas, has been spotted at Kanjikode, near here, by a team of bird watchers.
  • Arguably, this is the second spotting of the bird — with the scientific name Emberiza lathami — from South India.
  • No bird watcher or ornithologist had found it anywhere in South India so far except a few years ago on the suburbs of Bangalore.
  • Other than Himalayas, they have been spotted occasionally in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
  • This is the 562th species of bird to be recorded in Kerala.