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Hello Beautiful! Meet the Paradise Tanager from the Amazon

Hello Beautiful!  Meet the Paradise Tanager from the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Can't wait to see this beauty during our next visit to the ACTS canopy walkway in Peru!

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Five Rare South American Bird Species Given US Endangered Status - Center for Biological Diversity (press release)

Five Rare South American Bird Species Given US Endangered Status Center for Biological Diversity (press release) The brown-banded antpitta (Grallaria milleri), like other antpittas, is a secretive bird with a low population density and high habitat...
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Good news - finally - for a few of our feathered friends in South America...

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What's Behind the Mysterious Behavior of Amazonian Macaws? - Wired

What's Behind the Mysterious Behavior of Amazonian Macaws? - Wired | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
What's Behind the Mysterious Behavior of Amazonian Macaws?

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15 New Bird Species from the Amazonian jungle

15 New Bird Species from the Amazonian jungle | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The Amazon rainforest, a well-known epicenter of biodiversity, has offered up another trove of riches. The treasure takes the form of 15 newly described bird species. Some are tiny. One has a long, curved bill. Another is super fluffy. All live in the southern Amazon, most of them in an area known as the “arc of deforestation.”

 

The Arapaçu-de-bico-torto, which loosely translates to crooked-beaked woodcreeper. This bird most closely resembles a Curve-Billed Scythebill (Campylorhamphus procurvoides), said Tom Schulenberg, an expert in neotropical birds and Peruvian species, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

It’s been 140 years since as many new Brazilian bird species were described at one time. In 1871, 40 new species were described by Austrian August von Pelzeln in Zur Ornithologie Brasiliens.

 

Discovered mostly within the last five years, in southern swaths of forest, many of the birds live near rivers. Eleven can only be found in Brazil; four of the species have also been seen in Peru and Bolivia. Most are Passeriformes, belonging to an order that includes ravens, sparrows, and finches.

 

They were spotted on various expeditions that included ornithologist Luis Silveira, of the University of São Paulo, and his students, as well as collaborators from three additional institutions. Together, they noticed that these strange new birds didn’t quite fit in.

 

“Describing new species is not a trivial task,” Silveira said. Many sang different songs, or had different genetic sequences than previously known birds. “We considered a bird as a new species when at least two of the three criteria — plumage, voice, and genetics — were consistently different from some previously known and closely related, already described species.”

 

Silveira and his colleagues will describe the species in a special volume of the Handbook of Birds of the World, which will be published in early summer. Here, we have photos of seven new species; others have only been illustrated.

 

 


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Vloasis's curator insight, June 6, 2013 8:32 AM

What sheds a pall over these discoveries (the largest group in 140 years), is the fact that deforestation helped reveal them.