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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.
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.
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.