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New bird species discovered in Indonesia

Posted on Tuesday, 10 June, 2014 | Comment icon 8 comments

The bird was found on a remote island chain. Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Sean Kelly, Natalie Cooper et al.
Zoologists have identified a previously unrecognized bird species known as the Wakatobi Flowerpecker.
The new species is believed to be unique to a small chain of islands in South-east Sulawesi, a biodiversity hotspot that is home to a large range of birds and animals.

Despite bearing more than a passing resemblance to the previously discovered Grey-sided Flowerpecker, the new Wakatobi Flowerpecker has now been identified as a unique species thanks to the research efforts of a team of zoologists from Trinity College Dublin.

"As humans are changing the natural environments of Sulawesi at an incredibly fast rate, the discovery and description of species in the region is of major importance," said study lead author Seán Kelly.

"This study also highlights the need for integrative, multi-disciplinary research in the region. We run the risk of losing evolutionarily distinct species before we can even discover or enjoy them."

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Tags: Wakatobi Flowerpecker, Indonesia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by aka CAT on 6 June, 2014, 20:06
8-) Red-breasted bird. Before my seeing a rose-breasted grosbeak, I thought the above color deions interchangeable. The so-named grosbeak, however, has what looks like a rose with a red stem.
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 10 June, 2014, 13:17
It's a cute little species though.
Comment icon #3 Posted by SaraT on 10 June, 2014, 18:16
Aw, beautiful little bird! However, that name...
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonshadow60 on 10 June, 2014, 19:30
It is a very lovely little creature. Sometimes I wish these new species would never be discovered. People are so destructive. Even if humans love something, we can pester it to death with our infatuation or "scientific" curiosity.
Comment icon #5 Posted by javanicus on 10 June, 2014, 19:32
i believe that sulawesi or papua have many new species waiting to found. eastern side of my country have many deep forest.
Comment icon #6 Posted by alfonso on 11 June, 2014, 21:01
a U.F.B!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Silent Trinity on 13 June, 2014, 9:30
Nice to see an article about the discovery of a new species, seeing as most articles (often rightly) only tend to focus on those that mankind has destroyed....
Comment icon #8 Posted by Realm on 14 June, 2014, 7:05
Flower-pecker. Now there's a name to instill fear.

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