SRIVILLIPUTHUR: As many as 113 butterfly species were found in a two-day butterfly survey carried out by the Tamil Nadu Butterfly Society in the Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary in Srivilliputh

After educational institutions and resorts, it is the turn of firecracker manufacturers to set up units in the foothills of forests, posing a threat to locals and wildlife.

Twenty species of rare, endemic and migrant birds have been recorded in the Grizzled Giant Squirrel Sanctuary in Srivilliputhur during a recently concluded bird survey.

S. Chandrasekaran, Member of the Bombay Natural History Society, who was part of the survey, said the rare endemic species included Sri Lankan Frogmouth, Mountain and Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagles, Great Indian and Malabar Pied Hornbills, Mountain and green imperial pigeons. These species were found only in the high altitudes of Western Ghats.

Fifteen rare birds, including a Sri Lankan Frog Mouth Bird, were sighted during the enumeration of bird census held at the reserve forest in Srivilliputhur last week.

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CHENNAI: There has been a considerable increase in the population of Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-Tailed macaque in the Giant Grizzled Wildlife Sanctuary in Srivilliputhur revealed the recently concluded census.