The town of Kasaragod names the road after a bird in Kerala

KOZHIKODE: In a new step towards conservation, the authorities of Grama Panchayat have named a path, from Kuntangeradka to Bejappe, in honor of a bird, the. The road was named after the discovery that the bird, seen only sporadically in the limited pockets of the state, has made Kidoor, a village in the backlands of Kasaragod, its preferred habitat.

The orange-breasted green pigeon (OBGP) was first seen in Kidoor in 2016 during a bird watching event organized by Kasaragod Birders. Since then, OBGPs have been seen in the village continuously for all months, except July and August. In 2017, a flock of 31 birds was seen in Kidoor.

The orange-breasted green pigeon (Treron bicinctus) has become the iconic bird of our small town. In fact, we have discovered that Kidoor could be the only place outside the forest habitats where the bird is seen continuously throughout most of the year, Raju Kidoor, member of the biodiversity management committee of Kumbla panchayat and bird enthusiast, said.

It was after seeing many birdwatchers arriving at our place that we began to think about giving a name to the path that crosses the bird's habitat. It is also a conservation strategy to convey the spirit of conservation and the need to protect birds. to the next generation too, he said.

He said that OBGP can be seen on both sides of the newly baptized 2km road, gathering in fruit trees. He added that, although in countries like the United Kingdom, there are many streets that bear bird names, it could be said that it is the first time that a street is named after a bird in the state.

V Balakrishnan, member secretary of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board, said that naming a local road after a bird is an example of how local people can defend the grassroots conservation effort. “The spirit of conservation that I saw in the small town was outstanding. Some young children could identify more than 90 species with their scientific name, ”he said.

The OBGP, a rare and irregularly distributed species in Kerala, is found mainly in tropical Asia south of the Himalayas throughout the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. They feed mainly on small fruits and are found in pairs or in small flocks, feeding in silence and moving slowly in the trees. The nape is bluish gray and the crown is yellowish green.

Kidoor is also known for its avian biodiversity, with a total of 156 bird species that were reported in 2017, including three near-threatened species: black-headed ibis, eastern darter and gray-headed bulbul.