Resunga forest area in Gulmi, Nepal has revealed the existence of five new species of birds, according to a survey conducted by the Birds Association Gulmi. The survey identified the Plum-headed Parakeet, Scaly-breasted Munia, Common Sandpiper, Ruddy Shelduck, and Ibisbill in the forest.
Resunga lists five other bird species
Bharat Panthi, the project officer of the Association, stated that the Resunga forest area is home to 29% of the 892 bird species found in Nepal. This latest discovery brings the total number of bird species in the area to 258, including rare species of vultures such as the Eastern Imperial Eagle, White-rumped Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Red-headed Vulture, and Egyptian Vulture.
Resunga municipality’s mayor, Khildhwaj Panthi, announced the findings of the survey, stating that Resunga is not only a significant habitat for birds, but also a historic, religious, and tourist area.
The Association warned that the impact of climate change poses a threat to the protection of birds’ habitats in Resunga. The Resunga forest spans over 7,903 hectares of land and is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The forest is home to 125 species of plants, 71 species of herbs, 25 species of mammals, 19 species of butterflies, 19 species of reptiles, 11 species of fish, and six species of amphibians.
Resunga was first identified as a significant site for bird habitat in 2005 and is located at an altitude of 2,350 meters above sea level. The discovery of new bird species in the area highlights the importance of preserving this unique and diverse ecosystem for future generations.