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Tuesday, August 25

Scaly Bellied Woodpecker - Birds of India

Scaly bellied woodpecker (Picus squamatus) is a beautiful woodpecker you will encounter in the foothills of Western Himalayas. The male of this species is noticeable with its red forehead and crown. Usually found in coniferous forest areas, it is also common in villages with forest patches. The bird mainly feeds on termites, ants and wood boring insects. During winter, they also eat berries.

Wednesday, August 19

New cycad species discovered from Odisha gets named after Nayagarh district

Cycas nayagarhensis,new cycad species, Nayagarh district, Odisha
Cycas nayagarhensis is a new cycad species discovered from Nayagarh district of Odisha
(Image courtesy: R. Singh/P. Radha/J.S. Khuraijam/AJCB)

Nayagarh district in Odisha has now one more reason to be special. It is the only known home for a newly discovered rare cycad species which is now named after the district as Cycas nayagarhensis. Due to its rare nature, the researchers have recommended it to be classified under Critically Endangered plants in the world.

Wednesday, August 12

Blackbuck herds in Blackbuck Sanctuary, Ranebennur - HD video

Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is the fastest running antelope in India. Here you may watch a herd of female and young blackbucks at Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary in Haveri district of the Indian state of Karnataka.

Tuesday, August 4

Netravali Leaping Frog, a new frog species endemic to Western Ghats discovered from Goa

Netravali Leaping Frog, Indirana salelkari
Netravali Leaping Frog (Indirana salelkari) [Image Courtesy: Vivek Kale]

Goa may be known for its beautiful beaches, but now it is home to a rare frog species yet unknown to the scientific world. A group of researchers have described a new species of leaping frog - now called Netravali Leaping Frog (Indirana salelkari) from Netravali (Neturlim) in Sanguem Taluk of South Goa district. The new discovery adds one more member to the Ranixalidae family of frogs which are endemic to Western Ghats.