New Species of Bird Discovered in Nepal

IAS Prelims 2023

A new species of birds has been discovered in the high mountainous region of Nepal.

Researchers from an NGO Friends of Nature (FoN) Nepal spotted a Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxitilis). It was first seen and photographed by an expedition last year near the Shey monastery within the Shey-Phoksundo National Park.

The identification of the bird reported by the team was confirmed by the bird experts Carol Inskipp and Hem Sagar Baral.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Bird Conservation Nepal authorised the presence of a new bird species in the country.

Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush is considered an autumn passage migrant bird species in Pakistan and India.

This new discovery brought the total number of avian species in the Himalayan country to 866.