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A new bird species has been found in India, the first time such a
discovery has been made here in more than 50 years, an astronomer
and keen bird watcher said Tuesday.
The multicolored bird, Bugun Liocichla, was spotted in May in the
remote Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in India's northeastern state
of Arunachal Pradesh near the border with China, said Ramana
Athreya, a member of Mumbai's Natural History Society.
Athreya caught two of the species, but released them after making
detailed notes and taking photographs -- and keeping feathers that
had worked loose in his net.
"We thought the bird was just too rare for one to be killed,'' Athreya said.
"With today's modern technology, we could gather all the information
we needed to confirm it as a new species.
We took feathers and photographs and recorded the bird's songs,''