Our friends at Mongabay India have created this fantastic video, all about a little bird called the grey wagtail. 

In winter this migratory bird flies from the upper Himalayas to warmer areas, like Valparai in south India. That’s a big journey!

Click below to learn more about this bird and the school kids who like to celebrate its annual visits:

Get active!

Ideas for curious kids and their teachers:

1. Poster time! 

Is there an animal or a plant species that is special or celebrated in your village, town, or city? Like the kids in Valparai, make a poster celebrating your chosen species. Make it awesome, fun, and bright and post it for others to see.

2. Keep a bird list

Find a bird book (or online field guide) about the birds that visit your local area. Start keeping a bird list. Birdwatching is a fun, relaxing hobby that gets you outside and connects you with nature. 

You can often contribute to research by sharing your bird list with scientists via an app such as eBird or others. That is called citizen science!

See more on the story of the grey wagtails of Valparai on Mongabay India:

https://india.mongabay.com/2021/03/video-a-wagtail-on-shared-space-birdwatching-and-hope/