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Category: New species

Fenwick’s Antpitta discovered in 2010

Fenwick’s Antpitta Antpitta Grallaria fenwickorum CRITICALLY ENDANGERED A new species of Antpitta Grallaria (family Grallariidae) is described from the Colibrí del Sol Bird Reserve situated on the southeastern slope of the Páramo del Sol massif on the northern end of the Western Andes of Colombia. Fenwick’s Antpitta Grallaria fenwickorum sp nov. most closely resembles Brown-banded […]

Laniarius willardi discovered in 2010

Laniarius willardi The bird Laniarius willardi, is a newly described species of boubou shrike (Malaconotidae) whose single distinctive trait is its blue-gray eyes. Abstract of the paper describing the new species in the July issue of the international ornithological journal The Auk follows here. We describe Laniarius willardi, a new species of boubou shrike (Malaconotidae) […]

Ruaha Chat discovered in 2010

Ruaha Chat Myrmecocichla collaris Geographically structured plumage variation among populations of White-headed Black Chat (Myrmecocichla arnotti) in Tanzania confirms the race collaris to be a valid taxon. Roughly 40% of Tanzania is comprised of Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland interspersed with seasonal wetlands induced by restricted river flow. Some of these seasonal wetlands attain lakelike proportions during […]

Limestone Leaf Warbler discovered in 2009

Limestone Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus calciatilis NOT YET EVALUATED Beginning in 1994, ornithologists began to notice birds thought to be the Sulpher-breasted Warbler (P. ricketti) in breeding condition, singing, in what was their wintering range in Laos. Upon more detailed study, they realized these warblers represented a unique taxon. The plumage was nearly identical to P. […]

Yungas Tyrannulet discovered in 2008

Yungas Tyrannulet Phyllomyias weedeni VULNERABLE The Yungas Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias weedeni) is a species of bird in the Tyrannidae family. It is, as suggested by its common name, restricted to humid and semi-humid forest in the Yungas of north-western Bolivia and far south-eastern Peru. Although discovered in the early 1990s, it was only formally described in […]

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