Saturday, August 04, 2012

Newest bird species hails from India

Meet the Great Nicobar Crake

New birds are certainly not deluging science the way amphibians are (see previous post), but they still turn up.  According to the Zoological Survey of India, the new crake, a quick runner but a poor flier, was spotted on India's Great Nicobar Island. The new-species opinion was confirmed by American ornithologist Pamela Rassmussen (I wrote about her in my 2006 Shadows of Existence: she's famous for rediscovering Jerdon's courser, an Indian bird long thought extinct).  Now the bird awaits a scientific name. 

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