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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Treehugger Tuesday


Scientists discover 10 new birds
Ben Bolton
January 10, 2020, 1:06 p.m.

5 new species, 5 subspecies found on small islands in Indonesia.

Birds discovered during Indonesian trek.

The Togian jungle flycatcher is one of the new subspecies discovered during the island trek. (Photo: James Eaton/Birdtour Asia)

A group of scientists set out on a six-week expedition near Sulawesi, Indonesia, in hopes of learning more about the region's bird population. What they discovered was far more exciting — undiscovered bird species.

Frank E. Rheindt, a professor from the University of Singapore, led the team through three small islands. They trekked through miles of forest, identifying dozens of birds along the way.

Shortly into the trip, the group began to encounter birds they had never seen before. Over the six weeks, the scientists discovered five new songbird species and five new subspecies.

Rheindt and others published their findings in the journal Science to share the discoveries.

Read the entire article here

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