Avifauna on trail of Triund
While we were climbing down from Magic View Café, we noticed some movement in grass by the side of the rocks and on close observation noticed a pair of cute birds camouflaged in the color of grass (faint red brown) and the rocks (pale grey).
We hushed and took a few shots and later searched in Google the list of Avifauna of Himachal and found our birds in list titled as, “Alpine Accentor”.
There are 8 species found in India out of 13 species found Worldwide. They are apparently similar to sparrows and small, fairly drab species come from the family of Prunellidae. It is a native bird of bare mountain areas with little vegetation. Alpine Accentor somewhat resemble a House Sparrow with a streaked brown back. Adult Alpine Accentor have grey head with red-brown spotting on the under parts or belly.
Mostly found in Palearctic Ecozones, which consist of the earthly eco-regions of Europe, in Asia the foothills of northern Himalayas, northern Africa, and the northern and central parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of the eight ecozones separating the surface of the Earth. Actually, the Palearctic is the prime ecozones.
On our next trek to Triund, we will add more on Avifauna of this region.