Trochalopteron affine bethelae
Fearless bird that lets you approach close. Forages on the ground. Fairly large size. Attractive colouration with stripes on the wings, a scaly look on the chest and two white patches on the chin and side of head.
Neora Valley National Park, West Bengal, India. It spreads over 88 km² and is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Eastern India. Interestingly on the trail...we saw NOTHING. All bird sightings were in the open area adjoining the security camp from where the trail starts. A friend who sat here saw many more bird species (and why not...the security personnel string up dead rodents to attract magpies!)...we who trekked only saw bamboo trees and some scat! This spotting is from the open area adjoining the camp too.
A Lifer for me. Second time this species is appearing on PN.
Lat: 27.08, Long: 88.70
Spotted on Mar 13, 2019
Submitted on Mar 13, 2019