Laughing Gull Makes Its Debut Appearance in India

  • 30 Jan 2024

Recently, the Chittari estuary in Kasaragod, Kerala, witnessed a historic moment as the laughing gull, known for its distinctive calls, was spotted for the first time in India.

Key Points

  • Birdwatcher's Discovery: C. Sreekanth, a seasoned birdwatcher, captured the unique sighting of the laughing gull, a migratory bird that has journeyed thousands of kilometers from North America to the coastal region of Kasaragod.
  • Diverse Avian Population: Amidst various bird species in the estuary, the laughing gull stands out with its smaller size, black beak, dark upper part, black legs, long drooping bill, and a distinctive dark smudge on the back of the head.
  • Scientific Documentation: The e-Bird application, dedicated to scientific bird data collection, plays a crucial role in disseminating information on the groundbreaking discovery of the laughing gull's presence in India.
  • Biodiversity Impact: The laughing gull's debut in Kasaragod adds a new dimension to the region's biodiversity, prompting birdwatchers and researchers to explore migratory patterns and reasons behind this extraordinary visit.
  • Previous Rare Sightings: Kasaragod's rich avian diversity is further highlighted with the mention of nine rare bird species, including the Egyptian vulture, spotted in the district the previous year.
  • Future Studies: Birdwatchers and researchers express eagerness to conduct in-depth studies to unravel the migratory behaviours and motives behind the laughing gull's unprecedented visit to Kasaragod.