The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has officiallly announced the discovery of a new bird species in Peru.
Discovered in 2008 by a group of Cornell students, Cornell Lab's Onithological Blog says:
'...Mike Harvey was first to see the new species on October 8, 2008. “It was sitting about 60 feet up on a bare branch,” he said. “At first we thought it was the Scarlet-banded Barbet (Capito wallacei), but the more we looked at it, the more we saw obvious differences in its plumage.” '
The Lab goes on to say:
'The new species was discovered during a 2008 expedition led by Michael G. Harvey, Glenn Seeholzer, and Ben Winger, young ornithologists who had recently graduated from Cornell at the time. They were accompanied by coauthor Daniel Cáceres, a graduate of the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín in Arequipa, Peru, and local Ashéninka guides.
The team discovered the barbet on a ridge of montane cloud forest in the Cerros del Sira range in the eastern Andes. Steep ridges and deep river gorges in the Andes produce many isolated habitats and microclimates that give rise to unique species. ...'
The species was named Sira Barbet, and given the scientific name Capito fitzpatricki, named after the Lab's director.
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