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.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

New species of white bellied drongo found - via Mark Raines

A species of drongo, not seen by experts in the country before, has been spotted in Rajshahi city's Shimla Park recently.

The bird, found by a group of bird-watchers, has a distinctive white belly and vent.

After examining its size, black upper side gradually fading into a shade of brown and other features, ornithologists identified it as an adult white-bellied drongo.

“The discovery means that the bird has now extended its habitat to Bangladesh, which is very important to the country's natural biodiversity,” eminent ornithologist Reza Khan, who scrutinised the pictures taken by bird-watchers, told The Daily Star.

Known as Dicrurus caerulescens, the bird is believed to be a resident of India and Sri Lanka, he said.

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