Nagaland birder – from hunting to wildlife conservation

Nagaland birder – from hunting to wildlife conservation
Blyth’s Tragopan (Tragopan Blythii)

 

Angulie Meyase, the only birder in Nagaland, has been guiding bird enthusiasts coming to the State from different parts of the world for the last ten years. Meyase grew up hunting as a young boy, but is now passionate for wildlife conservation. He believes that Nagaland is going to be the next big hotspot in India; as of now it is Arunachal Pradesh. As per his list, there are more than 500 species of birds in Nagaland with at least 340 species found in Khonoma alone, his native village. The Morung Express presents some of Meyase’s photographs of birds taken in Nagaland.

Photos Courtesy: Angulie Meyase

Chestnut Vented Nuthatch (Sitta nagaensis) – supposed to occur in Nagaland and part of Arunachal, easily seen at Khonoma. Scientifically named nagaensis because of its geographical distribution only in Naga inhibited areas.
Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Schoeniparus dubius)
Cachar Wedge-billed Wren Babbler/Manipur Wedge-billed Wren babbler (Sphenocichla humei) – recorded for the first time in whole of India in 2006 at Khonoma. Recorded only in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh till date.
Spot-breasted Laughing thrush (Garrulax merulinus) – the only photographic record from the whole of India is Angulie Meyase’s photograph from Khonoma (January 5, 2014). Recorded only in Nagaland till date.
Brown-caped Laughing thrush (Garrulax austeni) – recorded for the first time in whole of Indian sub continent in January 2010 at Khonoma. As of date Khonoma is the only place where this bird can be seen (single record from Loyalakpa peak, Manipur in 2014)
Chestnut Vented Nuthatch (Sitta nagaensis) – supposed to occur in Nagaland and part of Arunachal, easily seen at Khonoma. Scientifically named nagaensis because of its geographical distribution only in Naga inhibited areas.
Rusty-capped Fulvetta (Schoeniparus dubius)