Himalayan Forest Thrush the new bird type is discovered in India (Download PDF)


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A new bird species named Himalayan Forest Thrush has been discover by Scientists in northeastern India and end-to-end parts of China. And they give it a scientific name “Zoothera salimalii” after ornithologist and naturalist Salim Ali for his significant contributions to ornithology in India.

Image of Himalayan Forest Thrush

Image of Himalayan Forest Thrush

New bird species found in Himalayas

Key facts

  • Previously when Himalayan Forest Thrush bird is noticed first time at different elevations it looks very similar to Plain-backed Thrush.
  • But after scientists have notice different song types in both of them.
  • And Himalayan Forest Thrush has as a longer bill, shorter wings and shorter legs compare to Plain-backed Thrush.
  • And they are found at the rocky habitats above the tree-line in North eastern Himalayas.


  • From Independence of India Himalayan Forest Thrush is the fourth new bird species discovered in India.
  • Previously two new bird species were discovered in Arunachal Pradesh and one in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • In 2006 the last new species discovered was in Arunachal Pradesh called “Bugun Liocichla”
Image of Bugun Lioccichla

Image of Bugun Lioccichla

Species of Bird discovered in 2006

- Published/Last Modified on: January 21, 2016

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