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Amazonian Treasure Trove Yields 15 New Bird Species


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Arapaçu-de-bico-torto, which loosely translates to crooked-beaked woodcreeper. This bird most closely resembles a Curve-Billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus procurvoides), said Tom Schulenberg, an expert in neotropical birds and Peruvian species, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photo: Vitor de Q. Piacentini
The Amazon rainforest, a well-known epicenter of biodiversity, has offered up another trove of riches. The treasure takes the form of 15 newly described bird species. Some are tiny. One has a long, curved bill. Another is super fluffy. All live in the southern Amazon, most of them in an area known as the “arc of deforestation.”

 

Silveira and his colleagues will describe the species in a special volume of the Handbook of Birds of the World, which will be published in early summer. Here, we have photos of seven new species; others have only been illustrated.

 

Read more: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/06/new-amazonian-birds/

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Bird extravaganza: scientists discover 15 new species of birds in the Amazon

Mongabay.com

Discovering a new bird is one of the least common of any species group, given that birds are highly visible, mobile, and have been scrutinized for centuries by passionate ornithologists and birders. But descriptions this year already blows away the ...

 

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Fifteen New Bird Species Discovered in the Amazon

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Birds in the region currently face threats from construction and mining from highways that run through the area, and from agricultural encroachment. Mario Cohn-Haft, an ornithologist at the National Amazonian Research Institute, and one of the ...

 

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