Habitats

Kannur has an amazing variety of birds. This amazing number of birds is attributed to the tropical climate and wide range of natural habitats. The habitats range from mountains ( Western Ghats ) ,Midlands, Wetlands and the Sea coast. Hence Kannur is a birder's hot spot.

Mountains (Western Ghats)

The Western Ghats constitute a mountain along the western side of India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight hottest hotspots of biological diversity in the world. It runs approximately 1600 km in length. It has 508 bird species, 5000 species of flowering plants, 139 species of mammals and 179 amphibian species. It is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats. The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary , which is part of the Western Ghats is situated to the east of Kannur. There are about 215 species of birds in Aralam .Of these 12 species are endemic to the Western Ghats.

1 Niligiri Wood -Pigeon
2 Blue-winged Parakeet
3 Malabar Grey Hornbill
4 Grey -headed Bulbul
5 Wynad Laughing Trush
6 Rufous Babbler
7 Grey -breasted Laughing Trush
8 Black and Orange Flycatcher
9 Niligiri Flycatcher
10 White-bellied Blue-Flycatcher
11 Small Sunbird
12 White-bellied Treepie
List of Globally Threatened Birds of Aralam Sanctuary
1 Pallid Harrier
2 Niligiri Wood Pigeon
3 Malabar Pied Hornbill
4 Great Pied Hornbill
5 Wynad Laughing
6 Grey-breasted Laughingtrush
7 Black and Orange Flycatcher
8 Niligiri Flycatcher
Midlands

Madayipara is a Mecca for migratory birds : Between the high rising Western Ghats and the Sea coast is the midlands of Kerala. The midlands in Kannur are flat-topped primary laterite hillocks with sparse vegetation. Madayipara is a laterite hillock, about 500 acres in area and is a Mecca for migratory passerines. Madayipara is also famous for over-summering of shore-bird. It was here that the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was first photographed from South Asia. The BBC team will be visiting this unique place shortly for a documentary.

Sacred Groves

Small fragments of low altitude forests survive in Kannur. This is unique to north Kerala. There are temples for worship of Hindu Gods inside these forests and hence they are known as Sacred groves. More than twenty species of forest birds are found to occur in these groves. Crested Goshawk, several species of babblers, flycatchers and Little Spider hunter are some of the species found in the sacred groves.

Wetlands

The unique setting of Kannur with its climate, attributes the formation of different forms of waterbodies .Kerala is bestowed with a vast network of backwaters, lagoons, natural lakes, rivers and canals. Since Kerala has two distinct rainy seasons, water logging surrounding these water bodies are common and these water logged areas are known as wetlands. A wide range of birds flock to these wetlands. Nesting of the Black winged Stilt are at times seen here.

Sea Coast

Kerala has a 580 km long coastline. Waders are numerous and widely abundant in Kannur. Terek Sandpipers , Greater -sand Plover ,Lesser -sand Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Pied Avocet ,Sanderling, Dunlin Eurasian Oystercatcher Sandwitch Tern, Greater Crested Tern, and Great Knot are some of the waders to look out for.

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  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
    Beaches of Kannur , which are to the North of Kerala are the favourite haunt of White -bellied Sea Eagles. Interestingly this species is absent from the shores of South Kerala. Come to Kannur to see their nesting.

  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
    Beaches of Kannur , which are to the North of Kerala are the favourite haunt of White -bellied Sea Eagles. Interestingly this species is absent from the shores of South Kerala. Come to Kannur to see their nesting.

  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
    Beaches of Kannur , which are to the North of Kerala are the favourite haunt of White -bellied Sea Eagles. Interestingly this species is absent from the shores of South Kerala. Come to Kannur to see their nesting.

  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
    Beaches of Kannur , which are to the North of Kerala are the favourite haunt of White -bellied Sea Eagles. Interestingly this species is absent from the shores of South Kerala. Come to Kannur to see their nesting.

  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
    Beaches of Kannur , which are to the North of Kerala are the favourite haunt of White -bellied Sea Eagles. Interestingly this species is absent from the shores of South Kerala. Come to Kannur to see their nesting.

LONG TOED STINT..

The Long toed Stint is a rare winter visitor to India. It's an elegant looking Stint with long legs and upright posture. It breeds in Eastern Russia and small numbers move to India during migration each year . This snap was taken by Dr. Jayan Thomas when the bird came to Kannur in February 2017.