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New bird species confirmed at Koshi Tappu

Friday, July 1st, 2011
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The white-shouldered starling (scientific same Sturnus sinensis) is the latest addition to Nepal’s bird list.

White-shouldered Starling4A single bird was located amongst a flock of Chestnut-tailed Starling on during a regular bird walk on the north-eastern edge of Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. The new bird was first seen by bird experts affiliated with Nepalese Ornithological Union. The bird was repeatedly sighted in this vicinity for four days, from 26 till 29 September 2010.

The size of this newly found starling is similar to Chestnut-tailed Starling, the smallest member of its family in Nepal. It measures 17-20 cm in length from bill tips to tail tips and weighs about 61 gms. Bill and legs are black in colour. The dark iris is bordered by white lining. Lower part of the body is white, upper breast/throat ashy/grey in colour. The white on three outerside of tail is also prominent. Most of the wing is black except the upper part which is white. The amount of white is more in males compared to females. This bird prefers to live in light forests, scrubs and cultivation.

Chair of the panel of Nepali experts on species identification and taxonomy, Suchit Basnet of Nepal Rare Birds Committee confirmed the species as new to Nepal and also updated the total bird species in the country as 868.

Prior to this there is only one record of this bird in the Indian subcontinent, a flock of birds seen in Manipur more than 100 years ago. The main distribution range of the bird lies in China during summer and other Indo-Chinese countries during winter.

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