On one hand the forests of Himalayas are suffering from engulfing inferno, excessive encroachment, habitat destruction etc and on the other hand scientists are still able to discover new species from the vast green cover of Himalaya.
Newly found species Himalayan Forest Thrush inhibits only in the mountain forest range and the name of the bird was also termed after its habitat.
Talking to Policy Pulse, SR Sumanth, biologist and wildlife enthusiast said, “This new avian species is discovered at much higher altitude. The habitat of bird is Himalayan mountain range which covers the range of India, Nepal, Tibet and part of China.
“The most interesting thing is that the scientific name of the bird – Zoothera salimali, is named after India’s most renowned ornithologist – Salim Ali. This is a great tribute to the bird man of India,” he added.
Garima Rawat, a bird watcher informed that this species is a variant of another thrush. “Till this species was not named, people often consider it as Plain Backed Thrush but it is more of a hybrid variety of Plain Backed and European Alpine Thrush,” she shared.
“The bird however was discovered in 1999 by Prof PJ Alstrom yet it took so long for the bird to officially known as separate species. The DNA tests of the bird confirmed the difference between the Plain Backed and Himalayan Forest Thrush,” added Garima.
Apart from this bird, few other species were also found in India recently which includes – snowflake coral, tree frog species, Brad Pitt wasp etc which proves that India is heavenly rich in terms of biodiversity.