Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lovely new bird from Gabon

This jewel, the flame-throated African forest robin is the newest species of bird known to science. The brilliant orange-red plumage covering the bird's throat is what immediately sets it off visually from any other species, and its song, morphology, and DNA all distinguish it further. Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus was discovered during a biodiversity survey of protected areas in the country's Gamba region.
COMMENT: It was predicted back in the last decade that bird discoveries should tail off to maybe one or two species a year. They show no sign of doing so.

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