Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Ramana Athreya/BirdLife International
A new bird species was discovered in India by astronomer Ramana Athreya, according to a press release by BirdLife International. The Bugun Liocichla, a type of babbler, was spotted by Athreya in northeast India's Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. The team was on the lookout for the bird, because Athreya had spotted it once before in 1995, according to the release. They gathered feathers, recorded the bird's song and took notes and photographs.
Although the bird was found in an already protected area, experts were quoted as saying that there are only 14 known individuals in existence.