Vazhachal Division of the Forest from Malakkappara to Athirappilly is found to be the second largest habitat of hornbills after the Periyar Tiger Reserves in Kerala during a bird survey conducted jointly by the volunteers of `Nest' and officials of Vazhachal Forest Division recently.Talking to this website's newspaper, consultant of Hornbill Conservation Project of Vazhachal Division K. H. Amita Bachan said that during the survey, the volunteers found ten great-pied hornbill, nine Malabar- pied hornbill and over 150 Malabar grey hornbill. He said that this forest division is the only area where three different species of hornbills are found together. The other rare species of birds found during the survey include black stork and long tailed minivet.
Black stork, which is not included in Salim Ali's Birds of Kerala, was found in Valayar reservoir recently. Later, a single black stork was found in Kole fields near Thrissur.
He said that this is for the first time that the long tailed minivet is found in South India.During the survey the volunteers found in all 190 different species of birds.
New Indian Express, February 28, 2008