Second new bird to be found in Indian territory this year

A group of scientists from the Zoological Survey of India have discovered a new species of bird. The bird, called Rallina, otherwise known as the ‘Great Nicobar Crake’, is found in the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. Scientists said that the bird was unknown before. It was found while cataloguing local fauna and animal-life in the reserve, under the man and biosphere programme of Unesco, sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Calcutta, Aug.

With the presence of 1,168 bird species recorded in the country, India has been ranked 9th in the global list of bird wealth.

While a majority of Indian species belonged to the Least Concerned category indicating that they were relatively safe from threats, the country was ranked 6th in terms of globally threatened species.

Pune: For the first time, ornithologists have found that sunbirds in the tsunami-affected Nicobar Islands have adapted to the devastation by using live electric wires as anchors for their nests. The natural habitat destruction has led to this