Name: Bugun Liocichla
Range: Area around Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Discovered by: Ramana Athreya & Indi
Date announced:12th Sep, 2006
"The Bugun Liocichla (
Liocichla bugunorum) was discovered near
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India by Ramana Athreya. A series of observations in 2005 and 2006 confirmed its taxonomic status as a species new to science. The last new species discovered in mainland
India was in 1948, also in Arunachal Pradesh, – the
Rusty-throated "Mishmi" Wren-Babbler.
The Bugun Liocichla was discovered during the Eaglenest Biodiversity Project initiated by Ramana Athreya in partnership with Mr. Indi Glow of the Bugun tribe, who live on the periphery of Eaglenest. The goal of the project is to put the long-term conservation of Eaglenest on a firmer footing by co-opting the local communities into the effort.
The paper describing the new species may be downloaded from http://www.indianbirds.in/.
More details of the Eaglenest Project, and ways in which naturalists can contribute to it, may be had from Ramana Athreya: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text and image: Ramana Athreya, Pune. India.