Category: New species

Giles’ Pale bellied Tapaculo discovered in 2008

Giles’ Pale-bellied Tapaculo Scytalopus griseicollis gilesi NOT YET EVALUATED This species ha a black bill with lower mandible slightly lighter at base; iris dark brown; head, mantle and tail dark graybrown; underparts to breast gray, becoming slightly lighter on lower belly; wing coverts and flight feathers dark gray with tertials tipped ochraceous brown, with dark […]

Nepal Rufous vented Prinia discovered in 2008

Nepal Rufous-vented Prinia Prinia burnesi nipalensis CRITICALLY ENDANGERED The adult of this new subspecies has overall olive-grey to light brown plumage. The head and nape are greyer compared to the browner back, wings and tail. In most individuals, there is faint whitish supercilium which reaches behind the eye. The head is densely streaked compared to […]

Togian White eye discovered in 2008

Togian White-eye Zosterops somadikartai ENDANGERED This new species is most similar to the Black-crowned White-eye (Zosterops atrifrons) but lacks the white eye ring which is narrow but conspicuous even in juvenile Black-crowned White-eyes. The Togian White-eye has a less extensive black cap, clearer yellow throat, distinct pale base to the bill and reddish (brown in […]

Vanikoro White eye discovered in 2008

Vanikoro White-eye Zosterops gibbsi NOT YET EVALUATED A new species of white-eye, the Vanikoro White-eye Zosterops gibbsi, is described from the island of Vanikoro (= Vanikolo) in the Santa Cruz Islands (= Temotu Province) within the Solomon Islands. It differs from the geographically closest white-eye, the Santa Cruz White-eye Zosterops sanctaecrucis, by a number of […]

Monteiro’s Storm petrel discovered in 2008

Monteiro’s Storm-petrel Oceanodroma monteiroi NOT YET EVALUATED Iris dark brown; bill, legs and feet black. This species has the entire head, mantle, scapulars, back and upper rump and upper tail sooty brown-black. Nape, mantle and scapulars, back and upper rump with grey wash in good light. Longest scapulars thinly edged very pale grey. Upper tail […]

Olive backed Forest Robin discovered in 2008

Olive-backed Forest Robin Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus NOT YET EVALUATED This species has forehead and crown blackish gray. Nape dark gray with slight Olive-Green wash increasing at the bacxk of the head. Back and rump olive-green. Rectrices fuscous fringed slightly browner than rump and same color as the upper tail coverts. Remiges brownish-olive narrowly fringed with olive-green. […]

Nonggang babbler discovered in 2008

Nonggang babbler Stachyris nonggangensis NOT YET EVALUATED It has relatively short, rounded wings and medium-length rounded tail; wings longer than tail; relatively strong legs; medium-length straight bill; stiff forehead feathers; oval nares; and general body proportions. It is of relatively large size, it has a dark-grayish-brown body and chin; broad dark-grayish-brown spots on white throat […]

Solomon Islands Frogmouth discovered in 2007

Solomon Islands Frogmouth Polioptila clementsi NOT YET EVALUATED Originally, the bird was misclassified as a subspecies of the Australian Marbled Frogmouth, Podargus ocellatus. The blunder went undetected for decades, until a collecting trip led by Kratter in 1998 turned up a specimen on Isabel, a 1,500-square-mile island in the Solomons. The Solomon Islands Frogmouth differs […]

Rufous Twistwing discovered in 2007

Rufous Twistwing Cnipodectes superrufus VULNERABLE A tyrannid assignable to genus Cnipodectes by a combination of relatively large size; broad, flat bill surrounded by well-developed rictal bristles; shaggy plumage texture overall; broad, squared tertials with pale inner and outer edges; and primaries twisted in their orientation, with primaries 8-6 having a modified shaft structure on the […]

Gorgeted Puffleg discovered in 2007

Gorgeted Puffleg Eriocnemis isabellae NOT YET EVALUATED The highly distinct new species is characterised by an enlarged, bicoloured iridescent throat patch (hence ‘Gorgeted’) in males and white tufts above the legs which are characteristic of ‘Puffleg’ hummingbirds. The flamboyantly coloured Gorgeted Puffleg Eriocnemis isabellae, a new species of hummingbird, has been discovered in Colombia. But […]