Tributing the birdman of India, Dr. Salim Ali, twenty-Nine years after the demise, the newly discovered species of birds in Himalayan regions, are named after him by an international group of ornithologists. He was the man who shaped the generations of ornithologists and also contributed to the better understanding of birds.
The group has named the species as Zoothera salimalii that has been explained from northeastern India and adjacent regions. The new species were discovered by a research team that includes scientists from India, China, Sweden, the US, and Russia. The team has found out a new species of bird, the interesting fact in the discovery is that they got noticed due to the birdsong that the scientists found beautiful and fascinating.
The song was the first clue and the initial thoughts were followed on the basis of the recordings of the bird’s DNA samples from the different places. With the observations, the scientists found that the physical and genetic differences were there and declared that the ‘Plain-Backed Thrush’ is to be two different species.
The process of discovery was found in the Himalayan Forest that began in 2009 when it was learned that what was believed as a single species, the plain-backed thrush Zoothera mollissima was in reality, were two different species that were considered to be present in Northeastern India. They first noticed that there were two birds present at different elevations that were apparently of the species of same kind named Plain-backed Thrush, having two diverse types of songs.
There are future studies that have to be performed in order to confirm the fact that there is an additional exciting find, directing towards the presence of yet another unnamed species that is there in China.
Northeast Indian region is very diverse and has very rich flora and fauna. Thousands of species live there and researchers are discovering new species every year. However, government and concerned agencies should also put some effort to protect rich biodiversity.
The study is being described briefly in the journal of Avian Research.