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Thursday, October 5, 2006

New Species from India: Bugun Liocichla

Bugun Liocichla, Liocichla bugunorum
Photo Credit: Kolkata Birds

A new species of Liocichla (Aves: Timaliidae) from
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India


This paper describes a new bird species of the genus Liocichla discovered near Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in western Arunachal Pradesh, India. While the taxon most closely resembles L. omeiensis, an endemic of China, the many points of difference in plumage, size and vocalisations indicate a new species. The known population is very small and only three (breeding?) pairs responded to song playback in May 2006. The plumage and the vocalisations are distinctive and therefore the paucity of records suggests a small and highly localized population.

View the full article at Indian Birds Vol. 2 No. 4 (July-August 2006