Song of the Himalayan Forest Thrush

New bird species are hard to come by, but sometimes they’ve been sitting right under your nose the entire time. That’s the case with the newly-classified Himalayan Forest Thrush, Zoothera salimalii.

After careful analysis, researchers from Uppsala University and Michigan State University can now say that what was once considered a single species is in actuality two distinct species.

What tipped them off? According to the researchers, their song (as demonstrated in this video) was one major clue.

Read on to find out more about this beautiful, wide-eyed beauty.

Audio and imagery provided by Per Alstrom, Uppsala University, AVoCet.

NOTE: I’m thinking of doing a full, extended version. The audio is a tad over 3 minutes long. Birdsong is so soothing and relaxing.


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