Monday, March 28, 2005

ENV: Big bird news

First, a new species of parrot, Aratinga pintoi was recently described from Brazil, though specimens have lain in collections for over a hundred years. It's common name will be Sulphur-breasted Parakeet. And a new species of rail, the Calayan Rail, Gallirallus calayanensis, has been described from the Babuyan Islands. And a new species of Woodcock, the Bukidnon Woodcock, Scolopax bukidnonensis, was described from the Philippines.

Second, one of the world's rarest birds (and one of those rare diamond kind of things -- you see it's picture and you know you want to find it), unseen since 1935, the Pink-headed Duck, Rhodonessa caryophyllacea, may have been observed in Burma in late 2004. An absolutely stunning discovery if correct. The team searching for the bird, and their sponsor are being guarded about the possibility.

And third, live photos have now been taken of one of the world's rarest birds, the Wetar Ground-Dove, Gallicolumba hoedti.


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