Wednesday, August 08, 2012

New bird from the cloud forest

Two new birds in a week! Here's the latest: the Sira Barbet.  A colorful bird, red-breasted with a black mask, the species Capito fitzpatricki was nabbed in 2008, but it took the discoverers this long to complete the exhaustive process of confirming a new-species identity and writing a description.  And the meaning of the name? It fit in the existing genus Capito, and the species name was chosen "in honor of Cornell Lab of Ornithology executive director John W. Fitzpatrick, who discovered and named seven new bird species in Peru during the 1970s and '80s."

Go, Ornithology!

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