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Re: New Bird Found



At 16:38 2006-10-09, Richard W. Travsky wrote:


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."

Actually the average in recent years has been about 4 new species per year. That is genuinely *new* species, not splits. The interesting thing is that the rate has been surprisingly constant since the 1930's.


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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 species.
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Not true. It was also done for the Bulo Burti Boubou Laniarius liberatus, and was sharply criticized, as will probably be the case now too.


Tommy Tyrberg