New bird species discovered in Peru

This video says: ‘In the north of Perú, there is a new route for bird watchers, you can see more than 1000 species of birds in only 15 days’.

From Wildlife Extra:


By Daniel F. Lane (D.F.L), Grace P. Servat (G.P.S) & Thomas Valqui H. (T.V.H) and Frank R. Lambert (F.R.L).

Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science

August 2007. A distinctive new species of twistwing (Tyrannidae: Cnipodectes) from southeastern Peru has been discovered. Despite extensive ornithological research in the region, this species has escaped notice, which suggests that it may be restricted to larger blocks of forest dominated by bamboo, a habitat poorly surveyed in Amazonia. Currently known from only a few sites in the departments of Madre de Dios and Cuzco, the species life history is very poorly known. To date, the only other species of Cnipodectes, C. subbrunneus (Brownish Twistwing), is not known from most of southeastern Peru.

On 22 February 1990, G.P.S. netted a large rufous flycatcher in a patch of while making avifaunal surveys within the Reserve Zone of Parque Nacional Manu. At the time, without reference material available, the bird was photographed in hand, prepared as a dried skin, and left unidentified.

The specimen was deposited at the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de la Universidad San Marcos. The specimen remained unstudied until November 2002, when D.F.L. found it in the museum collection and realized that it was an undescribed species. The first natural-history information was obtained on 15 September 2003, when F.R.L. independently found and videotaped an individual in Manu. Amazingly, while we were writing this paper in February 2004, T.V.H. reported the species from the lower Río Urubamba, department of Cuzco, while conducting survey work there.

There, he made the first tape recordings of the species’ voice and made additional behavioural notes. The team collected two additional specimens in February 2004 and another in June. Another specimen was collected by a team of biologists working the lower Río Urubamba in 1997 and deposited in the collection of the Universidad San Antonio Abad in Cuzco.

With kind permission from Daniel Lane. The full scientific description can be seen in The Auk, the magazine of the American Ornithologists Union.

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