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Panamaram heronry set to get a new lease of life

Published: 3rd Nov, 2022

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Panamaram heronry is set to get a fresh lease of life, thanks to the intervention of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) and the Panamaram grama panchayat.

What is Panamaram heronry?

  • It is the largest breeding ground of different species of herons in the Malabar region.
  • The heronry, formed on a sandbank on the Panamaram river, is a breeding ground for nine species of waterbirds.
  • The heronry, situated on a small islet on the Kabani river, is a breeding ground for many globally threatened water bird species
  • It is a haven for globally threatened waterfowls, including the black headed-ibis, purple heron, large egret, median egret, little egret, pond heron, night heron, and little cormorant.
  • The site is also the only location in State where the cattle egret breeds.

Malabar Region

  • The Malabar region, is an area of southern India lying between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.
  • Malabar covers the geographical area, north of the Bharathapuzha, stretching over parts of Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts of Kerala.
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