Two new bird species have been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands recently recorded two new species of birds — the Great Short-Toed Lark and the Blue and White Flycatcher by Researchers at the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), according to reports.

K. Venkataraman, Director, ZSI, told The Hindu that the first bird was sighted in December last year in the Landfall Island Wildlife Sanctuary, where a sparrow-sized bird was found foraging on the sand. The bird was photographed to confirm the identity.

Dr. Venkataraman said earlier there was no record of this bird in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, it was recorded in Southern Myanmar which was published in the book The Birds of Burma in 1953. This yielded some interesting information about the migration pattern of this bird.

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Andaman and Nicobar islands in India are exotic destinations for birding. It has many endemic birds. Recently, it has become quite a known and interesting birding destinations of India.

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