Brazil‏ banks bird bonanza to tempt twitchers

2nd Jul 2013

Brazil can now boast 15 new bird species to add to its already diverse and bountiful array of ornithological species that tempt twitchers on specialist tours.

The Amazonian discovery makes it the largest bird find in the area since 1871.

Birds have long formed part of the rich and wonderful wildlife that makes Brazil a regular haunt for adventurous types on trekking holidays.

Eleven of the new discoveries, which include a crow and tree-creeper, are endemic only to Brazil, although four species can also be viewed in Peru and Bolivia.

The crow in particular, the biggest bird in the latest findings, can be found exclusively amid the Amazonian forest between the Medeira and Purus rivers.

Four of the species are from the central-northern area between the Madeira and Tapajós Rivers.

Only two inhabit the eastern-most area of the tropical forest, past the Tapajós River, in Pará.

Most of them live west of the Madeira River where eight of the species can be found.

The full details of the discovery will be published this month in a a special edition The Handbook of the Birds of the World.

Brazilian news reports state that the scientists found the species through their singing, which had never been recorded there before.

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