Rare Bird: Green Cochoa at Namdapha

by Amitayu Dey
Amitayu Dey

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Though Green Cochoas are very widely distributed in the Indian Himalaya, Eastern Himalaya and parts of SE Asia, this species is described as rare or rarely seen.

This is one bird high on the list of birders exploring the Oriental region. On our trip to Namdapha in Jan 2015, in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, we got this rare bird near Ranijheel camp on the 4th day of our trek.

These birds inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Though very widely distributed in the Eastern Himalayas and parts of SE Asia, this species is described as rare or rarely seen. As per Birdlife’s species sheet, despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for ‘Vulnerable’ under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). Their seasonal movements in their geographical range are not well understood.

About the author

Amitayu Dey
The author is a Pune-based software consultant, who loves to travel and photograph birds.


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