Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, a rare bird, sighted in Gurugram —

Rufous-tailed scrub Robin (Licenced -- CC BY-SA 4.0 -- Author -- El Golli Mohamed)

Rufous-tailed scrub Robin (Licence — CC BY-SA 4.0 — Author — El Golli Mohamed)

A rare migratory bird, the Rufous-tailed scrub robin (Cercotrichas galactotes), a medium-sized bird, was sighted on 26 August 2018 at the Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurugram in Haryana (India). It was spotted for the first time in the park last year.

According to birder Amit Sharma, who spotted the bird along with two other enthusiasts, Gaurav Yadav and Janardan Barthwal, “sightings during the same time of the year (for two straight years) might indicate that the bird has made Gurugram its monsoon migratory destination.” “Last year, during the same time, I saw a Rufous-tailed scrub robin in the Aravali Biodiversity Park of Gurugram.

Pankaj Gupta of the NGO Delhi Bird Foundation agreed, saying, “Native plantation in the park is definitely paying off in protecting and inviting rare species. Vijay Dashmana, chief ecologist at the Aravali Biodiversity Park said, “The rich forest habitats created at the park has attracted many bird species to the park. The bird is generally spotted in scrub forests and migrates from the Gulf region to India.

Other common names of the bird include the rufous scrub robinrufous bush chat, rufous bush robin and the rufous warbler. It breeds around the Mediterranean and east to Pakistan. Bird of dry open country with bushes and shrubs, it also breeds south of the Sahara from the Sahel region east to Somalia. It is partially migratory, wintering in Africa (Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia) and India. (Times of India)

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