Birds

A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan

A new amazon parrot from the Yucatan

Birds, New Species June 27, 2017 at 3:54 pm

The birds’ distinctive calls, behavior, plumage, and DNA led the researchers to declare the animal a new species.  Further genetic analyses are necessary to help prove the new species more definitively.  Researchers estimate there are only a hundred blue-winged Amazons in the wild.

New bird species identified from the cloud forests of Colombia’s Western Andes

New bird species identified from the cloud forests of Colombia’s Western Andes

Birds, First Video, New Species March 20, 2017 at 6:57 pm

A new species of tapaculo has been discovered in the cloud forests of Colombia’s Western Andes.  The Tatama tapaculo was first spotted in June 1992 in Colombia’s Risaralda department by Dr. F. Gary Stiles, an ornithologist at the Institute of Natural Sciences at the National University of Colombia.  Now studies of the bird’s vocalizations and DNA have confirmed it to be a unique species.  See also the Perijá tapaculo, described in Colombia in 2015.

Forgotten museum specimen and field study of birdsong leads to discovery of new bird species

Forgotten museum specimen and field study of birdsong leads to discovery of new bird species

Birds, New Species January 25, 2017 at 12:19 pm

A museum specimens forgotten for 120 years in a cabinet at the Trivandrum Natural History Museum lead to the field discovery of a new species of bird, in the coastal mountain chain of islands in the southwest of India.  Two new genera are described from revised species analysis, Western Ghats shortwings as Sholicola and the laughing thrushes as Montecincla.

A potentially new species of finch has co-evolved with Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine

A potentially new species of finch has co-evolved with Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine

Birds, Evolution, New Species November 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Genetic analysis shows that the South Hills crossbill coevolved with the Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine, a striking example of coevolution driving speciation within perhaps as little as 6000 years.  “This is maybe the best and only clear example of reciprocal adaptation between two species contributing directly to the process of speciation”.

Three Forest Robins from tropical Africa

Three Forest Robins from tropical Africa

Birds, New Species November 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

Researchers from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University has discovered three never before documented bird species from West Africa and the Congo Basin.  There had only been one other species in the genus.  The birds were first collected 2008-2011.  “The discovery of these three new species is a good example of the amount of potentially hidden diversity living in Afrotropical forests,” said team lead Prof. Gary Voelker.  

New species of bird discovered in India, revealed by its song

New species of bird discovered in India, revealed by its song

Birds, New Species January 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China.  During fieldwork in the mountains, researchers noticed that thrushes in the forests sang much more musically than those on the rocky peaks. They then discovered physical and genetic differences as well, and have now declared the known “plain-backed thrush” to be two distinct species.  The mountain-dwelling variety has been re-christened the “alpine thrush”.     The Himalayan Forest Thrush Zoothera salimalii, Dulongjiang, Yunnan province, China, June 2014. Credit: Photo: Per Alström

Australian and New Zealand little penguins are distinct species

Australian and New Zealand little penguins are distinct species

Birds, New Species January 10, 2016 at 12:00 am

Australian little penguins are a separate species from those living in New Zealand, a team of ornithologists led by University of Otago scientist Dr Stefanie Grosser has shown. 

Gorgeous Rare Bird Finally Photographed

Gorgeous Rare Bird Finally Photographed

Birds, Species Discovery September 23, 2015 at 12:00 am

Not a new species, but a disocvery worth noting.   A team led by Chris Filardi, director of Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, identified and photographed the first-ever male mustached kingfisher. It happened one fateful morning while the team was surveying biodiversity in the mountainous forests of the “sky island” of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.* Suddenly, Filardi heard the unmistakable call: “ko-ko-ko-kokokokokokokoko-kiew!” A dark shape criss-crossed his path. And then, silhouetted against the dappled sunlight, he saw it: the mustached kingfisher in its full, mustachioed glory.

New hummingbird species discovered in The Bahamas

New hummingbird species discovered in The Bahamas

Birds, New Species September 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

The Bahamas National Trust is thrilled at the recent announcement by the American Ornithologists Union (AOU), of a new hummingbird species on the island of Inagua. The Bahama Woodstar (Calliphlox evelynae) – a hummingbird that is native to the Bahamas archipelago – was originally classified scientifically as two subspecies. It was recently determined however, that the birds are now two completely different species. The Bahama Woodstar is a member of the Bee Hummingbird group. Male Inagua Lyretail (Calliphlox lyrura) in flight.  Photo Anand Varma www.varmaphoto.com

Scientists just discovered this African parrot is actua…

Scientists just discovered this African parrot is actua…

Birds, New Species August 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

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A distinctive new subspecies of Scytalopus griseicollis…

A distinctive new subspecies of Scytalopus griseicollis…

Birds, New Species June 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New bird species from Sulawesi, confirmed 15 years after first observation

New bird species from Sulawesi, confirmed 15 years after first observation

Birds, New Species May 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

A team led by researchers from Princeton University, Michigan State University and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences has confirmed the discovery of a new bird species more than 15 years after the elusive animal was first seen on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Song heralds arrival of new bird species

Song heralds arrival of new bird species

Birds, New Species May 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

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New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia

New Bird Species Discovered in Colombia

Birds, New Species March 11, 2015 at 12:00 am

An international group of ornithologists has described a new species of tapaculo from mountain forests (1,600–3,225 m elevation) of Colombia and Venezuela.  Although specimens of the Perijá tapaculo have been available in museums since 1941, they were not carefully studied and were ascribed to a different species.  

‘Extinct’ bird rediscovered: Last seen in 1941

‘Extinct’ bird rediscovered: Last seen in 1941

Birds, New Species March 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

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Genome reveals three more species of Darwin

Birds, New Species February 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: New Scientist | Journal: Nature Category: Birds, General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: When comparing the full genetic sequences to build an evolutionary tree, the researchers found that what ornithologists going back to Darwin

Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered

Desert Tawny Owl: New Species of Bird Discovered

Birds, New Species February 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

A group of ornithologists led by Dr Manuel Schweizer from the Natural History Museum of Bern in Switzerland has described a new cryptic species of owl that inhabits the desert areas of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Yemen.  The newly-discovered species, named the Desert Tawny Owl, belongs to the earless owl genus, Strix.

Genome reveals three more species of Darwin Finch

Genome reveals three more species of Darwin Finch

Birds, New Species February 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

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‘Love signals’ suggest new kind of hummingbird

‘Love signals’ suggest new kind of hummingbird

Birds, New Species February 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Futurity | Journal: The Auk Category: Birds, General | Taxa: Calliphlox evelynae lyrura | Named for: Other reports: The Bahama Woodstar species contains two subspecies, one found throughout the northern islands of the Bahamas, the other found only among the southern Inaguan islands of the chain. Both males and females of the two are virtually identical but in this case appearances were deceiving. Researchers claim that this newest bird species has been discovered, not in some remote tropical jungle, but in backyards in the Bahamas. ”Much of the fieldwork was literally conducted sitting at the backyard tables ofRead More

New Owl Species Arises from Case of Mistaken Identity

New Owl Species Arises from Case of Mistaken Identity

Birds, New Species February 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Discovery News | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Birds | Taxa: Strix butleri | Named for: Ornithologist Hadoram Shirihai. Other reports: http://news.discovery.com/videos/why-some-birds-dont-have-penises.htm In a new report, researchers examined the plumage and body shape of owl specimens from museums around the world that had previously been thought to be members of a species called Hume’s owl. The researchers also analyzed the owls’ mitochondrial DNA, and found it was about 10 percent different from that of the Hume’s owl, which is properly known as species Strix butleri. The common name is desert tawny owl, which nests in crevices found in in rockyRead More