Bohemian Waxwing sighted in HP (India) —

Bohemian Waxwing (Author - Ryan Hodnett) (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Bohemian Waxwing (Author – Ryan Hodnett)  (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Bohemian waxwing (Bombycilla Garrulus), a starling-sized bird that breeds in the northern forests of Eurasia and North America, was sighted in Rawaling village of Lahaul and Spiti (Himachal Pradesh, India) for the first time.

It was sighted by a bird-watcher in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti for the first time on Wednesday (08-02-2017). This was revealed by Somesh Goyal, president of Himachal Birds, a NGO. “Raj Rawal, a promising birder from the Lahaul valley observed some half a dozen unique looking birds on the branches of Juniper trees in his village Rawaling near Keylong”, said Mr. Goyal. The birds were later confirmed to be Bohemian Waxwings.

“It is a first ever sighting of Bohemian Waxwings in Himachal Pradesh”, claimed Mr. Goyal.

In winters, birds from Eurasia are known to migrate up to China and Japan. But their migration to the mountains of India is not really well documented.

However, the sighting of this unique bird in Lahaul and Spiti has created quite an excitement among the birders here, said Raj Rawal who spends hours in keeping a track on the birds’ movements in the Himalayas. (The Hindu)

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