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Birds (class Aves) are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals.The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 160 million years (Ma) ago.Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton.Following are the list of birds found in Periyar Tiger Reserve.

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Sl No Image Common Name Scientific Name
       
Jerdon’s Baza  Aviceda leuphotes 
       
Large Egret  Casmerodius albus 
       
Little Cormorant  Phalacrocorax niger 
       
Little Egret,white egret,small egret  Egretta garzetta 
       
Little Greb  Tachybaptus ruficollis 
       
Little Green Heron,Green backed heron,Striated heron  Butorides stritus 
       
Median Egret,Intermediate Egret  Mesophoyx intermedia 
       
Oriental Honey Buzzard  Pernis ptilorhyncha 
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