Maharashtra: Rare Cuckoo Makes Special Appearance in Raigad Town | Bombay News
Navi Mumbai: A rare sighting of a little cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus) was reported on Saturday in Mangaon in Raigad district. The little cuckoo clock is difficult to identify because it is often confused with its Indian counterparts.
Small adult cuckoos are gray with white underparts barred with black and dark eyes. Juveniles are brown. The little cuckoo is often detected by its typical bird call, which is a short sentence of scrambled notes.
âThese birds are difficult to spot because they mix with locally available common cuckoos. They stay here between September and December. These migrating birds get enough food here, âsaid nature photographer Shantanu Kuveskar, a resident of Mangaon town.
âThe first of these birds was spotted on Saturday and I clicked on the photo which went viral on social media and was also shared with forestry officials,â Kuveskar added.
Bird watcher and naturalist writer Sunjoy Monga told TOI, âThe Little Cuckoo is a sporadic, if not rare, migratory migrator through parts of peninsular India, including the western areas of Konkan which include the around Mumbai. We’ve had half a dozen confirmed sightings over the past 20 years from here. ”
Monga added that a good population of this cuckoo is known to breed along the Himalayas as well as in northeast India.
Environmentalist and ornithologist Aishwarya Sridhar said: âA rare transient migrant is a messenger of spring. Usually its migratory route crosses southern India … but seeing it in Maharashtra is really exciting. The presence of such birds indicates that our forests are thriving but that they need our protection.