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Record of two new species Ferruginous Duck and Brown-headed Gull in high altitude wetland of Sikkim Himalaya


Record of two new species Ferruginous Duck and Brown-headed Gull in high altitude wetland of Sikkim Himalaya

Record of Two New Species viz Ferruginous Duck and Brown-headed Gull in High Altitude Wetland of Sikkim Himalaya 

Source: Journal of Threatened Taxa published on Februay 26, 2021

Authors: Prem K. Chhetri, Kusal Gurung, Thinlay Namgyal Lepcha and Bijoy Chhetri

 

The research paper titled 'High altitude wetland migratory birds in the Sikkim Himalaya: a future conservation perspective' published by authors in Journal of Threatened Taxa on February 26, 2021 states record of two new species - Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca (Near Threatened) and Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus (Least Concern) indicating a potential habitat for wetland migratory birds in the Sikkim Himalaya.

 

The surveys were conducted from December 2017 to April 2018 to assess the species richness of the high altitude wetland migratory birds in the Sikkim Himalaya. The four high altitude wetlands (lakes) were selected from East Sikkim as a case study—Tsomgo (approx. 24.47 ha in area, 3,753m), Hangu (approx. 58ha, 4,237m), Mementsho (approx. 42ha, 3,810m), and Phedang Tso (approx. 45ha, 4,600m)

 

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