September 12, 2006
by James Owen
For National Geographic News
Photo: National Geographic
An amateur bird-watcher has found the first 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.
No specimen was taken, because “we thought the bird was just too rare for one to be killed,” said Ramana Athreya, the bird’s discoverer, in a statement.
Named Bugun liocichla, the small bird is described as a type of babbler, a diverse family of birds that usually live in tropical forests.
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