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15 New Bird Species Found In The Amazon

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:40 PM

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.”

It’s been 140 years since as many new Brazilian bird species were described at one time.

http://www.wired.com...mazonian-birds/

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:54 PM

Amazing and fascinating.
Are they mutated or evolving as they  belong to an order that includes ravens, sparrows, and finches. or birds which have always been there, but never discovered before?

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:16 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 05 June 2013 - 07:54 PM, said:

Amazing and fascinating.
Are they mutated or evolving as they  belong to an order that includes ravens, sparrows, and finches. or birds which have always been there, but never discovered before?

Yes, a very good point indeed. If they are mutations then they mightn't have been there a very few years ago. I wonder what the experts would have to say about that.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:21 PM

cool i love seing new species, its refreshing to know not everything has been discovered


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 04:53 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 05 June 2013 - 07:54 PM, said:

Amazing and fascinating.
Are they mutated or evolving as they  belong to an order that includes ravens, sparrows, and finches. or birds which have always been there, but never discovered before?

It is no surprise to me. The Amazon rainforest is very dense, and scientists have not researched the whole area. It's not easy terrain to travel through.










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Posted 07 June 2013 - 06:19 PM

"Describing new species is not a trivial task," Silveira said. Many sang different songs, or had different genetic sequences than previously known birds. "We considered a bird as a new species when at least two of the three criteria — plumage, voice, and genetics — were consistently different from some previously known and closely related, already described species."

So I guess they need to catch the birds to determine the genetics.  I hope they aren't hurting them to do so.

Edited by paperdyer, 07 June 2013 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:51 PM

Incredible, I love hearing about new species being discovered, just fills me up with hope
Just one thing I'm curious about, the "arc of deforestation"?. I find it strange that they are discovered there, but i'm no ornithologist :blush:

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:49 PM

Yeah, great discovery. Unfortunately, deforestation by companies and locals in such regions are threatening our ability to find interesting, perhaps beneficial, new plants and creatures.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 10:35 PM

Makes you wonder could there be a better species of man hidden away in there....

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