100 (2011 SIL), decreasing. Only 5 fluent speakers (2011).
Kosi zone: Bhojpur district, Kulung VDC, Jimigau.
8a (Moribund). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.
None known. A noticeable number of shared nouns with Northern Lohorung [lbr] (2011 J. Eppele).
SOV; postpositions; verbal affixation marks person and number; tense; nontonal.
Linguistically between Kulung-Nachering-Sangpang and Meohang-Saam (Hansson 1991), but there is no supporting data. The Chukwa claim a close linguistic and ethnic affiliation with Saam [raq]; they say that their language is very different from Kulung [kle], although Van Driem (2001) lists Chukwa as a subgroup of Kulung. Traditional religion, Hindu.