The Pied Wheatear, a rare migratory bird, was spotted in Madayipara in Kannur district on September 25, 2016. This is the first time the bird is being recorded in the district and the second time in south India. It was first recorded in this part of the country when it was spotted in Kasaragod last year.
Dr. Jayan Thomas, an eye specialist from Kannur and an avid birdwatcher, sighted this insectivorous bird when he was on a routine bird watching trip on a Sunday morning.
“The Pied Wheatear is about the same size of a House Sparrow. However, the male and female birds differ in appearance. The male is boldly marked with black and white and the female is browner with a sandy buff appearance,” he says.