As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 3 March 2017

New immigrants in Nepal

In the mountainous region of Nepal, a new species of birds has been discovered, making the overall number of avian species in the Himalayan country to 866.

A Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxitilis), seen as an autumn channel migrant bird species in Pakistan and India, photographed nearby Shey monastery within the Shey Phoksundo National Park at voyage last year. Investigators from an NGO Friends of Nature (FoN) Nepal covered the bird while reviewing Himalayan wolf, wild yak and snow leopard. The proper identification of the bird informed by the squad was completed by Carol Inskipp and Hem Sagar Baral, who are the bird experts.

The Branch of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Bird Conservation Nepal sanctioned the presence of a new bird species in the nation, said Naresh Kusi, from FoN.

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush is considered an autumn passage migrant bird species in Pakistan and India, ‘The Kathmandu Post’ reported.

“The detection of the sight was very isolated and rarely visited by ornithologists. More research is needed to establish the position of Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush in Nepal,” said Yadav Ghimirey, director, Wildlife Research at FoN.


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