Oriental Dollarbird, a new species of bird, found in Ghodaghodi

Published On: May 30, 2024 03:36 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

GHODAGHODI (KAILALI), May 30: A new species of bird has been traced in Ghodaghodi Bird Sanctuary of Kailali. The sanctuary is located in Ghodaghodi wetlands, which is listed in the List of Wetlands of International Importance.

The new discovery was made during a bird census conducted at the Sanctuary from May 20 to 26. Oriental Dollarbird, locally known as Lalchuche Theuwa, was found for the first time in the sanctuary.

Also known by its scientific name of Eurystomus orientalis, Lal chuche theuwa migrates to Nepal from India and Bangladesh during the summer season. A pair of Lal chuche theuwa was found in the Bethani area of Ghodaghodi, said Hirulal Dagoura, facilitator at Bird Conservation Nepal. 

With the addition of this new species, the number of birds found in Ghodaghodi Wetlands has reached 381. 

The bird census has been carried out in coordination with the Division Forest Office and the Bird Conservation Nepal with the objective of updating on the species, number and condition of summer migratory birds.


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