Striking multi-coloured bird found in India

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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.