Heard the laugh track of the Nilgiris?

Heard the laugh track of the Nilgiris?

The Nilgiris Laughing Thrush also called Black chinned Laughing Thrush (Strophocincla cachinnans) is an endangered endemic bird found only in and around Nilgiris.

A noisy bird with a distinctive laughing call and striking features. While walking in the Nilgiris, listen closely for the guffaw of the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush and treasure it, for you’ll hear it nowhere else on earth… [Audio] The Nilgiris Laughing Thrush’s Laughing Call

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Nilgiri Laughing Thrush is a birds sized about 20cms. It has black chin, sharp black beak, white brows, reddish brown feathers. Male and female have similar in colorization.

The preferred spots are Shola forest with dense undergrowth and fringes. Also in wooded gardens, forest edge and patches of thick scrub. Though relatively easier to hear is pretty tough to spot.

Mainly feeds on invertebrates, nectar, flowers and fruits, mostly within three meters of the ground.

Breeding season from January to June during an year. The nests are being made from February to beginning of June. The nest is normally built using roots, dead leaves, small twigs, and lichen, neatly lined with very fine grass stems.

They normally have two eggs in greenish-blue with a few large and small brown spots and streaks.

The Nilgiris Laughing Thrush

Devarsholai

Devarsholai

Devarsholai a small village, which is located on the main Ooty to Kundha road. Its about 4 km from Melur Kaikatty and around 16 km from Ooty.  Its fully surrounded by tea plantations.

Devarsholai 4 Number

Devarsholai 4 Number

If we travel 3 – 4 km through the Tea Plantations from Devarsholai Bazaar we will find small settlements  They called this place “4 number”. Its a beautiful place. The Tea Plantation workers are living there.

Photo Gallery (Devarsholai)

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The Flower of Blue Mountains

The Flower of Blue Mountains

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) is a shrub that used to grow abundantly in the shola grasslands of Western Ghats in India.

The Nilgiris, which literally means the blue mountains, got its name from the purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji that blossoms gregariously once in 12 years. Besides the Western Ghats, Neelakurinji is seen in the Shevroys in the Eastern Ghats. It occurs at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 metres.

 

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Apart from Nilgris, Neelakurinji grow in grass lands of Eravikulam, hills between Klavarai in Tamil Nadu and Vattavada, near Munnar in Kerala during the season from August to December.

The plant is usually 30 to 60 cm high on the hills. They can, however, grow well beyond 180 cm under congenial conditions.

Kurinjimala Sanctuary protects the kurinji approximately 32 km² core habitat of the endangered Neelakurinji plant in Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages in Devakulam Taluk, Idukki district of Kerala.