Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2009
This announcement is all over, so I’ll briefly note it, in case you missed it, with a link to Jennifer Viegas’s article on this breaking news.
This bald-headed, pink-faced songbird was accidentally found by scientists who were surveying a limestone outcrop in Laos. Photo: Iain Woxvold, University of Melbourne
A bald-headed songbird with a pink, nearly featherless face and distinctive calls has just been found in a rugged region of Laos, according to scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Melbourne who made the discovery.
Aside from its unique characteristics, the avian is noteworthy because it is the only known bald songbird in Asia.
The find additionally marks the first description in over 100 years of a new Asian species of bulbul, since the songbird has been placed in that family of birds. This bulbul was named Pycnonotus hualon, with “hualon” being the Lao word for “bald-headed.”
For more, read here.