This is a 2017 Germain’s Peacock-pheasant video.
Survey team finds new mammal
A field expedition to survey and assess the biodiversity status of Chu Yang Sin National Park in the Central Highlands of Vietnam was carried out in March by a joint team including staff from BirdLife’s Vietnam Programme.
Among the many interesting animal and plant species recorded was a mole (Talpidae sp.) that is believed to be new to science.
Six of the ten bird species that originally qualified Chu Yang Sin as an Important Bird Area (IBA) were also found during the survey.
These were: Collared Laughingthrush Garrulax yersini (Endangered); Black-hooded Laughingthrush Garrulax milleti (Near Threatened); Grey-crowned Crocias Crocias langbianis (Endangered); Short-tailed Scimitar-babbler Jabouilleia danjoui (Near Threatened); Germain’s Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron germaini (Near Threatened); and Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata (Near Threatened).
North American star-nosed mole smells under water: here.
The Star-nosed Mole is a dark little creature that burrows in muck. It can swim, too—no other mole can swim. But what most sets it apart is that distinctive nose, which looks more like a misplaced sea anemone than a nasal appliance: here.
Mystery of mole’s second thumb solved: here.