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New Bird Found
A brightly coloured bird has been discovered on a remote mountain range in
South America. The previously unknown species, the Yariguies Brush Finch,
has striking black, yellow and red plumage.
A British expert co-led the team which made the find during the first
biological expedition to the Yariguies mountains in northern Colombia.
Ms Blanca Huertas, a curator at the Natural History Museum in London,
said: "The description of a new bird is a rare event in modern times."
Two birds were caught by the team, one of which was used to provide a DNA
sample and photographs before being released unharmed. This is the first
time a live specimen has been used for a description of a new bird