15 Species of Malabar Birds and Animal By Name

Malabar is a coastal region geographically in the line of Western Ghats and also the wettest regions in southern India. The Malabar Coast lies between the plain of Karnataka and Kerala states, Malabar rainforests host endemic species of birds known as Malabar Birds.

Malabar whistling-Thrush


Malabar whistling thrush known as whistling schoolboy, make whistling calls just like a schoolboy. The blue and blackish thrush bird is a resident of the Western Ghats but also reported from Mount Abu, Eastern Ghats and Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh.

Malabar Trogon


Malabar trogon is the most beautiful bird of the Western Ghats, mainly found in the hill forest of Western Ghats and some parts of the Eastern Ghats. The Malabar trogons are not a migratory bird,found in the forests of Sri Lanka and peninsular India.

Malabar Barbet


Malabar barbet is a beautiful species of Indian barbet, native to the Western Ghats and has a similar rapid calls like coppersmith barbet. This species of barbet birds are usually seen in pairs from Goa to southern Kerala in coffee estates along with green pigeon and myna.

Malabar Parakeet

Blue-winged parakeet is known as Malabar parakeet, endemic to the Western Ghats of southern India and range extended to hills of Palnis and Nilgiris. Malabar parakeet bluish grey parrot with a very long yellow-tipped tail and common in Southwest India.

Malabar Starling

Malabar Starling is one of the beautiful species of starling found in India, Looks very similar to the Chestnut-tailed starling. Sturnia blythii or Blyth’s Starling has white forehead and orange underparts, usually seen in pairs or flocks.

Malabar Lark

Malabar lark also known as Malabar crested lark is smaller than the Eurasian skylark and very similar to the crested lark. The Malabar crested lark is a common bird of open country and found only in the western India.

Malabar Woodshrike

Malabar Woodshrike found only Malabar region of Western Ghats with ashy gray upperparts and white underparts. This bird is endemic to the Western Ghats and also has a loud ringing call like other species of woodshrike found in India.

Malabar grey-Hornbil

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Malabar grey hornbill is endemic to the forest of Western Ghats and nearby hills of southern India. They are found mainly in and around dense forest, feeding on figs and forest fruits, Are the smallest of the Asian hornbills and different than Indian grey hornbill.

Malabar pied-Hornbill


Malabar pied hornbill is the second largest species of hornbill found in India, A common resident breeder of India and close to oriental pied hornbill in appearnce. The rich forest around Karwar city is best known place to spot Great pied hornbills and Malabar pied hornbills in Karnataka.

Malabar Large Spotted Civet

Malabar large-spotted civet is a large species of viverrid found in India, endemic to the Western Ghats and listed as Critically Endangered. The Kannan chandu and Male meru named wild animal threatened by habitat destruction and hunting.

Malabar Giant Squirrel


Malabar giant squirrel is a diurnal, arboreal and one of the largest tree squirrel found in India, distribution range includes from the Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats to Satpura Range in Pachmarhi of Madhya Pradesh.

Malabar Pit Viper


Malabar pit viper is a beautiful looking colorful venomous pit viper species found in India, The Pit viper is endemic to the Western Ghats and inhabits on the rocks present in stream beds from Maharashtra in the Amboli hills, Castle Rock of Goa and in Malnad region of Karnataka.

Malabar Gliding Frog

Malabar gliding frog found in the Western Ghats of India, One of the flying or gliding animal found in India. The green frog build foam nests above small pools of water, Like many moss frogs found in Western Ghats.

Malabar Snakehead

Malabar snakehead is a freshwater fish found in the Western Ghats, differs from all other species in the genus and listed as a Vulnerable species in the IUCN Red List.

Malabar Tree Nymph

Malabar tree nymph is beautiful large butterfly found in India with a wingspan of 120–154 mm and found in South India especially in the Western Ghats. The paperkite butterfly belongs to the danaid group and is a mostly white butterfly with black markings.

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