New bird species found in Arunachal Pradesh

In a significant ornithological discovery, a new bird species, Bugun liocichla, has been identified in Arunachal Pradesh.

Strikingly coloured, its overall plumage has various shades of olive. It has a black cap, a bright yellow patch in front of the eyes, and golden yellow, crimson, black and white patches on the wings.

The bird, which is a kind of babbler, was named after the Bugun tribe of the northeastern State, where it was found at the remote Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary.

The last species discovered in the field in mainland India was the Rusty-throated "Mishmi" Wren-babbler, described by Ripley from eastern Arunachal Pradesh in 1948.

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