Willow Warbler sighted for the first time in India
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity
- Recently, Willow Warbler has been sighted for the first time in India at Vellayani-Punchakkari paddy fields, Kerala.
Important value additions
- 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.