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20 Sep, 2021

NTNC has recorded a new bird species named European Roller (Coracias garrulous) for the first time in Nepal. The new species was recorded in Upper Mustang of the Annapurna Conservation Area in Kekighan, Lomanthang Rural Municipality, Ward Number 5, at a height of 3781 metres. ACAP-Lomanthang's staff Mr Ram Bahadur Gurung had first photographed the bird on August 29. A second sighting was recorded again two days later and sent for further verification.

NTNC-ACAP Mustang officer in-charge, Mr Rishi Baral, had started with the identification and verification process thereafter. Identification of the new bird species has also been confirmed by well-known ornithologists, Dr Hem Sagar Baral, Mr Som G.C, Mr Tim Inskipp and Ms Carol Inskipp.

With the latest addition, the Annapurna Conservation Area now has a total record of 519 bird species.