Striking multi-coloured bird found in India
Liocichia bugunorum (Photo: Ramana Athreya)
A Mumbai astronomer and amateur naturalist has discovered the first new species of bird in India since 1948.
The discovery came at the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in a remote part of Arunachal Pradesh state bordering China in India’s northeast. The bird is a kind of babbler and has been given the name Liocichia bugunorum. The known population is just 14, including three breeding pairs.
The find has caused great excitement.