New Bird species named after ornithologist Dr Salim Ali
New Delhi: In a true homage to the the legendary ornithologist Dr Salim Ali, a newly discovered species of bird in North East and adjacent parts in India , has been named after him.
Earlier, a bat species — Salim Ali's fruit bat — that was first collected from Western Ghats region of Theni district, Tamil Nadu, was named after him.
The new species identified as Himalayan Forest Thrush is named as Zoothera salimalii by a group of ornithologists drawn from India , Swede, China, United States and Russia. The present study was initiated in June 2009 by Per Alström of Uppsala University, Sweden and Shashank Dalvi of the Alumnus of the Post Graduate Program, Wildlife Conservation Society- National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, findings of which were published in Avian Research .
Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali (1896-1987) , referred to as the 'bird man of India' was among the first Indians to conduct systematic bird surveys across the country and the world.