Birds

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

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

First-ever illustrated global bird classification reveals 400 new species

Birds, New Species, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science Magazine | Journal: HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Category: Birds, General | Taxa: | Named for: Other reports: Thanks to an illustrated checklist of birds worldwide published by Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, the first of its kind, 46 new species of parrots, 36 new hummingbirds, and 26 new owls have been identified. After 4 years gathering live footage and visiting specimens in museums, the researchers classified birds around the planet by assigning scores across five characteristics: measurements, songs, plumage, behaviors, and geographical relationships with one another. Based on theseRead More

Wakatobi Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered in Indonesia.

Wakatobi Flowerpecker: New Species of Bird Discovered in Indonesia.

Birds, New Species June 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

Ornithologists described a new species of flowerpecker – Wakatobi flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) – from the Wakatobi Islands of Indonesia.