Fifteen rare birds, including a Sri Lankan Frog Mouth Bird, were sighted during the enumeration of bird census held at the reserve forest in Srivilliputhur last week.
Totally, 15 teams found 200 birds. Out of these, 70 birds were sighted for the first time in this forest region. Among these 70, 15 were identified as rare species. For instance, the Sri Lankan Frog Mouth, which is found only in Kerala, was seen for the first time in here, said Murugesan, a bird lover and a member of one of the teams that were involved in the census work in the forest area.
Sri Lankan Frog Mouth, a nocturnal bird, used to feed mainly on insects during the night, he said.