Bhutan now has 719 birds with the recent sighting of the Godlewski’s bunting. Last February, the Yellow-eyed babbler was sighted and recorded in the Royal Manas National Park, and now Godlewski’s bunting was sighted near Tharpaling monastery, the second new bird species to be recorded this year.
As per the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Godlewski’s bunting is found in China, India, Mongolia, Myanmar and Russia. The bird is recorded in Bhutan for the first time.
Claudia Copley said that while the new bird is no match for the exquisite Himalayan monal, they were happy with the discovery. “But Norbu’s enthusiasm for the discovery of the new bird was something we’re glad to be a part of,” Claudia Copley said.
Bhutan made a record discovery of new birds in 2015 recording eight new bird species: Jacobin Cuckoo, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Greater Sand Plover and Little Owl. That year, the Beautiful Sibia and Brown Accentor were also discovered after the country recorded the Common Moorhen and Burmese Shrike in January and April respectively. In two years, Bhutan recorded 10 new bird species.