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Rare bird species found: “The Great Eared Nightjar” spotted in Assam

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In Kaopather, Assam’s Tinsukia district, the Great Eared Nightjar which belongs to a very rare bird group was spotted. The bird has been rescued by the locals.

A very rare sighting in Assam


Last week in Kakopather, Assam’s Tinsukia district, the Great Eared Nightjar, which belongs to a rare bird group, was discovered. The locals who had rescued the bird alerted the forest service.

Forest Officer Pirasudan B posts a video of the bird on his official Twitter account and captions, “GREAT EARED NIGHTJAR was spotted last week in Upper Assam in Kakopathar. A VERY RARE SIGHTING IN ASSAM. Kudos to Villagers for rescuing the bird and promptly informing @assamforest”

Moreover, the Great Eared Nightjar is from the Caprimulgidae family of nightjars which is the largest of the bird family’s species. This type of bird is mostly found in subtropical or moist lowland tropical woods and found throughout Southeast Asia.

The unusual appearance of the birds attracts locals

According to The Sentinel, a resident by the name of Deepak Mahanta has spotted the bird a few weeks ago, but it flew away at night, most probably in search of food but then later returned to the same spot the following morning. Deepak then informed his neighbours about the bird and they came in groups to get a glimpse of the bird.

Later, a team of forest department personnel inspected the bird which was in sight and identified it as a Great Eared Nightjar. The surprise factor was that these birds are usually found in South India.

As per reports from The Sentinel, locals aren’t certain as to when the bird arrived in their village. A villager even rescued the bird thinking that it was a cat due to its unlikely appearance when he saw it for the first time. 

Recent sightings of new species in Assam

Near the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Assam, a Himalayan mandarin duck has also been spotted.

Furthermore, according to a recent study, for the first time in over 100 years, a new snake variant has been discovered. A team of scientists from India, the United States, and the United Kingdom identified the new snake species. This discovery of a new snake species in Assam is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for biologists and the people of Assam.

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