Willow Warbler sighted for the first time in India

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  • November 21, 2020
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Willow Warbler sighted for the first time in India

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity

In news

  • Recently, Willow Warbler has been sighted for the first time in India at Vellayani-Punchakkari paddy fields, Kerala.

Important value additions 

Willow Warbler

  • Scientific Name: Phylloscopus trochilus.
  • They breed throughout northern and temperate Europe and the Palearctic.
  • They migrate to sub-Saharan Africa during early winter.
  • It is one of the longest migrating small birds.
  • It weighs only around 10 grams and its long wing feathers help it fly long distances.
  • Warblers are generally difficult to identify due to the small size and change in plumage twice a year. 
  • Threats: (1) Drought conditions in its wintering quarters; (2) Habitat alterations due to human population expansion.
  • IUCN Red List status: Least Concern.

Do you know?

  • Palearctic ecozone is one the Earth’s 8 ecozones and covers Asia north of the Himalayas, with parts of western Asia and most of East Asia and Africa north of the Sahara.

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