National Geographic site has reported about a new bird species to be discovered in India in over 50 years. The strikingly colored species was identified from feathers and photos taken in remote forests in the northeast part of the country. Bird is named as Bugun liocichla and is described as a type of babbler, a diverse family of birds that usually live in tropical forests. It has olive-gray body plumage, a black cap, orange-yellow eye markings, and yellow, red, and white patches on its wings.
An astronomer by trade, Ramana photographed Bugun liocichlas in the hills of the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China. Measuring 8 inches (20 centimeters) in length, the bird is named after the Bugun, a native people who live on the edge of the sanctuary. Bugun liocichla is so distinctive that it doesn’t appear to fear humans, experts say it must be extremely rare or it would have been discovered before now. Ramana first spotted the species in 1995 and didn’t see it again until 2005.
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