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Bugun Liocichla

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: Deccan Herald

 

Context: The Bugun tribe in Arunachal Pradesh has demonstrated exemplary conservation efforts by donating 1,470 hectares of forest land to the state forest department for the protection of the critically endangered songbird Bugun Liocichla.

  • This species, discovered in 2006, faces threats from deforestation and hunting.

 

The Bugun Liocichla (Liocichla bugunorum) is a small, critically endangered babbler with olive-grey plumage, a black cap, and a yellow-orange eyebrow.

It is only found in the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, India, and has been described as similar to a small laughingthrush.

The Bugun Liocichla was first spotted in 1995 and described as a new species in 2006.