Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush - Nepal's newest discovery

Q.  A new species of birds in Nepal discovered in Feb 2017 is called _________.
- Published on 13 Feb 17

a. Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
b. Rufous-tailed Rock Swallow
c. Rufous-tailed Rock Sparrow
d. Rufous-tailed Rock Pigeon

ANSWER: Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush - NepalA new species of birds has been discovered in the high mountainous region of Nepal.

This is bringing the total number of avian species in the Himalayan country to 866.

A Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush (Monticola saxitilis), considered an autumn passage migrant bird species in Pakistan and India, was photographed by an expedition near the Shey monastery within the Shey-Phoksundo National Park.

Researchers from an NGO Friends of Nature (FoN) Nepal spotted the bird while studying Himalayan wolf, wild yak and snow leopard last year.

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.

The sighting location was very remote and rarely visited by ornithologists.

About the Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush
  • The common rock thrush, formerly rufous-tailed rock thrush or rock thrush.
  • This bird is belonging to the family Muscicapidae.
  • It was formerly placed in the family Turdidae.
  • Scientific name: Monticola saxatilis
  • Higher classification: Rock thrush
  • Rank: Species

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