Xenoglaux loweryi seen and taped by Nick Athanas & Frank
Lambert in May 2008 only 50 meters from the new ECOAN lodge at
Abra Patricia, Peru.
Handbook of Birds of the World volume 12 (tits, babblers,
Review by Frank Lambert, with a summary of current
Late December 2007 to mid-March 2008 Thailand Bird Reports
Yunnan & Sichuan China Birding Report, October 2007, by Dave
Birding in the Proaves Reserves, Colombia, April - July 2007, by
Pacific Birding - New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Samoa & the Cook
Islands by Dave Sargeant, with maps and photos.
Parque do Zizo, SP, Brazil and Its Birds by Alex Lees & Jeremy
The Solomon Islands Frogmouth is a new genus and species and
has been named Rigidipenna inexpectata by Nigel Cleere,
who made the discovery while examining study skins following
many years of research. [Abstract].
It calls with a whistle, like Batrachostomus and unlike
Podargus, and has been believed by birders to be a
different species than Marbled Frogmouth Podargus ocellatus,
with which it formerly was lumped. (See
Horbuckle's Solomon Islands trip report.)
Large-billed Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orinus
rediscovered by Phil Round 120 southwest of Bangkok. See J.
Avian Biol. 38: 133-138 (2007).
Interview with Phil by Ornithomedia.
The Sam Veasna Center for Wildlife Conservation in Cambodia
works with the Tmatboey Ibis Project to help birders look for
Giant Ibis Pseudibis gigantean and
White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni.
Sierra Leone Trip Report by Jon Hornbuckle, December
2006, with Rich Hopf & Frank Lambert.
Madagascar Pochard Aythya innotata rediscovered
in a remote part of northern Madagascar by Peregrine Fund
"Caatinga" Woodpecker Celeus obrieni [Photo
by Edson Endrigo]. Rediscovered in northeast Brazil on 21
October 2006 during a biological survey before construction of
one more section of BR-010, the Belém-Brasília highway.
Details with photos of a handheld bird. This species
formerly was lumped with Rufous-headed Woodpecker C.
spectabilis, a bamboo specialist in Amazonia. Since neither
the type locality, in southwest Piauí, nor the site of
rediscovery, near Goiatins in northeast Tocatins near the border
with Maranhão, is in caatinga, Fabio Olmos has
suggested a new common name of Kaempfer's Woodpecker.
Emil Kaempfer collected the type specimen in 1926. The new site
is about 350 km west of the type locality, which was at Uruçuí,
near the Rio Parnaíba.
Possible White-eyed River-Martins Eurochelidon
sirintarae observed by Wayne Mcullum in Cambodia in
March 2004. See
Doug Judell's article about his attempts to investigate the
sighting on ThaiBirding.com.
The new Liocichla from Northeast India has now been
described as Bugun Liocichla Liocichla bugunorum:
A new species of Liocichla (Aves: Timaliidae) from
Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India by Ramana
Athreya, Indian Birds 2(4):82-93 (2006) with maps (pdf)
Photos and field sketch |
Birdlife article: "There are plans to build a highway
through Eaglenest, passing through Lama Camp, where most
sightings have taken place."
Peckergate: The Ivory-billed Woodpecker hoax.
[Sensibly rejected by the ABA Checklist Committee (July/August
2006 issue of Birding).] The Ivory-billed Woodpecker
"rediscovery" is a big lie, promoted aggressively by the
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the Nature Conservancy, the
National Audubon Society, and a cast of sideshow characters
clinging to the rear of the gravy train. The last confirmed
sighting of an Ivory-bill in North America was in 1944, while
the last substantial patch of suitable habitat was being cleared
by government slave laborers. Despite the complete destruction
of Ivory-bill breeding habitat more than 60 years ago, dudes and
stringers still routinely misidentify Pileated Woodpeckers as
Ivory-bills. Now formerly respected biologists have seized upon
one of these "sightings" for publicity and profit -- which makes
this episode worse than Bigfoot and more closely analogous to
Piltdown Man. The mainstream media have not been fooled so
thoroughly by a scientific fraud since the
Tasaday Hoax. Despite positive identification of the bird in
Cornell's only video as a Pileated Woodpecker, the hoax and the
diversion of conservation money for idiotic Ivory-bill searches
Trip Report by Jeff Skevington and Michael Mathiesen.
Highlights included the recently rediscovered Long-legged
Warbler Trichocichla (Megalurulus) rufa.
Shade grown coffee fraud. The latest issue of Gunnar
Birding Peru Newsletter reports that most of the natural,
epiphyte-covered shade trees in formerly rustic "shade" coffee
plantations in central Peru have been replaced with
fast-growing, monoculture shade trees Inga and
Yield and quality is higher in the monocultures, and consumers
of "shade grown coffee" don't know the difference. But the
monoculture shade trees have no value for birds such as Cerulean
Warbler that occurred in the remnants of native forest.
Socotra, Yemen Trip Report by Dave Sargeant, with maps,
photos and GPS waypoints.
The Break-up of the Old World Warblers. Don Roberson
has posted a lucid summary of recent DNA studies which
completely reconfigure the Sylvioidea. Some interesting tidbits:
White-bellied "Yuhina" (now Erpornis) is a corvid most closely
related to Vireo; Donacobius is not a wren but a monotypic,
relict family related to the Megaluridae; Rockjumpers, Hyliotas
& Nicators are isolated in their own clades; Other African
warblers including the Rockrunner, crombecs, "Bradypterus"
victorini, and Cape Grassbird form a clade; The Stenostirid
flycatchers including Culicicapa are closely related to the
Paridae and Remizidae; Panurus is not a parrotbill, but the
parrotbills are very close to Sylvia; Prinia, Apalis, Neomixis,
Hypergerus, Euryptila, and most tailorbirds are Cisticolids, but
the Mountain Tailorbird is a Cettid, as are Tesia, Urospena,
Tickella, and possible Hylia; Most Bradypterus, the
Cincloramphus songlarks, and Locustella belong with the
Ripe for Rediscovery - New Caledonia's Most Wanted. By Ed
Parnell, BirdLife International. New expeditions are planned
to continue the search for New Caledonia Lorikeet Charmosyna
diadema, of which there have been no confirmed reports since
New species of honeyeater, Berlepsch's Six-wired
Bird-of-Paradise Parotia carolae berlepschi,
Golden-fronted Bowerbird Amblyornis flavifrons and more
found on Foja Mountains expedition, Papua, Indonesia led by
The Independent, 7 February 2006.
See it now, since China is preparing to
clear the forests of Papua for the 2008 Olympics. Any
Chinese who complains about this or any other abuse risks having
his or her internal organs cut out for resale while still alive,
then being burned alive in the crematorium at the
Sujiatun Death Camp.
Study supports split of Caribbean orioles. The
"Greater Caribbean Oriole", formerly considered conspecific with
the mainland Black-cowled Oriole Icterus prosthemelas,
would be split into four species, one critically endangered --
the Bahama Oriole I. northropi, believed to have
been extirpated on Abaco with few birds remaining on North and
South Andros, where they are threatened by Shiny Cowbird
Jabouilleia Scimitar-Babbler discovered in northern
Burma. Naung Mung Scimitar-Babbler J. naungmungensis.
Illustrated below Short-tailed Scimitar-Babbler J. danjoui
by John Anderton on the cover of the
October 2005 Auk. See Rappole et al., Auk
122(4): 1064-1069. An article by Sweet et al. describing another
new Jabouilleia from northern Vietnam, along with a
genetic analysis of Jabouilleia and Rimator, is in
preparation for publication in Forktail.
WorldTwitch 2004 Book Awards
Special WorldTwitch Award - Best Butterfly Book to Date
Gunung Kerinci, Sumatra Trip Report by Dave Sargeant, June 2005.
Birds observed included Schneider's Pitta and
Peruvian subspecies of Southern Helmeted Curassow Crax
unicornis koepckeae rediscovered in Huánuco.
Birdlife International 1 August 2005.
Baja California and western Mexico, January-February 2005, by
Dave Sargeant. Includes excellent site maps and a nice photo
of Xantus' Hummingbird.
New Aratinga in the solstitialis (Sun Parakeet) group
described from Monte Alegre, PA, Brazil (north bank of the
Amazon). Sulphur-breasted Parakeet A. pintoi.
Silveira, Thadeo de Lima & Höfling, Auk 122(1):292-305
White-breasted Thrasher Ramphocinclus brachyurus
will be virtually wiped out on St. Lucia by a cricket [the
sport] resort funded by the European Investment Bank and
BirdLife 22 April 2005. (The Martinique subspecies of this
monotypic thrasher is now very rare due to wholesale clearance
of dry forest.)
in Sri Lanka - Update by Dave Sargeant
Rusty-throated (Mishmi) Wren-Babbler Spelaeornis
badeigularis rediscovered in the Mishmi Hills of NE
Assam, India by Ben King & Julian Donahue. The only previous
record was a specimen obtained by Dillon Ripley in 1947.
Article by Julian Donahue with photo and directions.
Japan Trip Report, May-June 2004, by Dave Sargeant & Panadda
Panthong with excellent stakeout for Blakiston's Eagle-Owls
that are habituated to people and to electronic flash.
Cambodia, 10-27 February 2004, by Frank Rheindt - Giant
Ibis, Mekong Wagtail, Bengal Florican, Manchurian
Reed-Warbler, Silver Oriole.
Northeast Namibia Birding Trip by Jon Hornbuckle, October 2003.
Rwanda & Uganda Birding Trip by Dave Sargeant & Nigel Moorhouse,
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands Birding Trip by Henk Hendriks
Birding the Andaman Islands and Western Ghats of India, by Dave
Sichuan & Yunnan, China Birding, June - July 2003, by Frank
Vietnam Birding, April - June 2003, by Frank Rheindt.
Outstanding trip report with detailed directions to many rare
and recently described species.
2003 Peru Trip Report by Jon Hornbuckle
Hawaii by Jon Hornbuckle. May 2003 trip for Hawaii's rare
Cameroon Trip Report, March-April 2003, by Ron Hoff.
Cristalino Jungle Lodge and Alta Floresta, MT, Brazil Trip
Report by Alex Lees, April - June 2003.
of Northern South America. 2 volumes, 1536
Dooley. The Big Twitch: One man, one
continent, and a race against time: A true story
about birdwatching. Allen & Unwin, 7 October
2005. Australian big year.
Science & Tech News
Sierra Trading Post
J&R Computer/Music World
Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk
Potter books in foreign languages
|Beck's Petrel Pseudobulweria
becki rediscovery expedition to the Bismarck Archipelago
in July-August 2007 led by Hadoram Shirihai returns with 30
photographs and a recently dead bird. A hotspot for sightings
was near Cape St. George on the southern tip of New Ireland.
84 Spoon-billed Sandpipers
counted in Burma.
BirdLife report, 14 February 2008.
Hunting and trapping are out of control on Cyprus, where an
estimated 500,000 migratory birds were killed in Autumn 2007.
BirdLife report. Hunters were fined only 1,250 Euros for
slaughtering 52 near-threatened Red-footed Falcons.
Chinese Crested Tern population halves in 3 years to
50 birds due to unregulated commercial egg collecting.
"White-faced" Plover -- an apparent undescribed species of
migratory Charadrius plover that winters in Southeast
Malaysia's Mystery Plover by David Bakewell & Peter Kennerley.
Chinese to destroy Central Africa's "most beautiful
waterfall" in Ivindo National Park, Gabon.
One longline vessel off New Zealand drowns 36 albatrosses,
including 12 Chatham's Albatrosses Thalassarche eremita
and 22 Salvin's Albatrosses Thalassarche salvini.
Rufous Twistwing Cnipodectes superrufus is
described in the July issue of the Auk and illustrated on
the cover. Auk 124(3): 762-772. This large tyrannid is a
Guadua bamboo specialist that has been found at a number of
sites in SE Peru and adjacent Bolivia. The first specimen was
collected in 1990, but it was misidentified as Rufous Casiornis.
While this paper was underway in 2003, Frank Lambert
independently found and videotaped it at Cocha Cashu Biological
Rescue Dud: Hollywood places Screaming Piha in Asia.
Rescue Dawn, set in Laos & filmed in Thailand, has a
soundtrack of South American bird and insect calls. Herzog's
earlier documentary on the same subject, Little Dieter Wants
to Fly, is much better.
Powerful Democrat equates owls and bats with rats in support
of Appalachian windmill project, owned by a wealthy Hillary
Clinton crony, which will be built with no environmental review.
Corrupt MD governor prevents state scientists from testifying.
Big Green groups silent.
First photos of Bruijn's Brush-Turkey
Photos of Recurved-billed Bushbird Clytoctantes alixii
abcbirds.com. Details on
A carcass of a juvenile Night Parrot Pezoporus
occidentalis was found in Diamantina National Park,
formerly Diamantina Lakes, Queensland in November 2006, about
100-200 km southeast of the last confirmed record, near Boulia,
QLD, where a dead Night Parrot was found in 1990.
Article in the Brisbane Times, 23 June 2007.
Frank Lambert reviews Birds of Northern South America (revised
19 May 2007).
Since early 2007, Zeiss Victory FL binoculars have come with
superior LotuTec coatings. The LotuTec versions have different
product numbers. See the updated
The Formicivora antwren from Chapada Diamantina,
Bahia, Brazil has been described and named Sincorá Antwren
Photo of female |
Article in Zootaxa describing species (pdf).
New species of hummingbird (or possibly a subspecies of
Black-breasted Puffleg) discovered in southwestern Colombia -
Gorgeted Puffleg Eriocnemis isabellae.
Details & photo by Luis Mazeriego.
Greg Homel has filmed the courtship display of two male
Marvelous Spatuletails Loddigesia mirabilis,
Mongolia by Axel Bräunlich.
On 27 March 2007, Nick Brickle reported on the
OrientalBirding Yahoo! group that armed with recordings of the
captive Sumatran Ground-Cuckoo Carpococcyx viridis,
his party saw a pair of wild birds and heard another in Bukit
Barisan Selatan National Park. They were able to get recordings
of the wild birds and the calls are "a long way removed from
Bornean Ground-Cuckoo". Photos of the captive bird are available
Oriental Bird Club Image Database.
Long-whiskered Owlet Xenoglaux loweryi seen and
tape recorded at Abra Patricia, San Martín, Peru.
The Avifauna of Flores (Lesser Sunda Islands) by G.F.
Mees (2006). Available free online (262
Correction: What WWF Australia
believed to be a "mysterious carnivore" photographed in
Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia probably is the flying
squirrel Aeromys thomasi. Erik Meijaard, Andrew C.
Kitchener & Chris Smeenk. 'New Bornean carnivore' is most likely
a little known flying squirrel. Mammal Rev. 36(4):
318-324 (2006). (Includes fine color illustrations based on the
camera trap photos.)
Another mammal mistake -- genetic analysis of Laonastes
aenigmamus, the new small mammal discovered in Laos,
indicates that it is not closely related to the guinea pigs, as
originally claimed, but that it is most closely related to the
gundis, from which its ancestors diverged about 44 million years
Article with photo.
Grenada Dove in trouble: Grenada is planning to sell
Mount Hartmann National Park to Four Seasons for a mega-resort
with golf course and marina that would destroy about half of the
remaining habitat for the endangered endemic. Meanwhile, Bill
Gates has made a $3.7 billion bid to take Four Seasons private.
Protect the Grenada Dove.
The Ivory Gull population crash in the Canadian Arctic may be
due to high levels of mercury.
CBC, 12 February 2007. But corrupt US officials still refuse
to crack down on dirty, coal-fired power plants that dump
mercury into the atmosphere.
The excellent inaugural issue of Neotropical Birding
includes "Lost and found: a gap analysis for the Neotropical
avifauna" by Joseph A. Tobias, Stuart H.M. Butchart & Nigel
Collar, Neotropical Birding 1:3-22 (2006)
(pdf). Among the highlights is the discovery by Oscar
Laverde that Recurve-billed Bushbird Clytoctantes alixii
is fairly common along a 2-km stretch of road between 1600m and
1750m at Ocaña, dpto. Norte de Santander, Colombia, in mature
secondary growth with a strong bamboo component. Oscar
generously donated recordings to
the online source of Neotropical bird songs. The little-known
species also was found in the Sierra de Perijá, Venezuela, in
April 2004 by Chris Sharpe. (A correspondent recently dipped at
the Colombia locality, which has been the site of heavy recent
collecting by museum ornithologists, reportedly including 5
taken by Gary Stiles, despite large series of old museum
specimens. Hopefully the ornithologists didn't get them all, as
happened to the Three-toed Jacamars at Fazenda Montes Claros,
Dennis Yong's Malaysia Big Bird Year update. Dennis
reportedly wound up with 582 species, including Pygmy
White-eye Oculocincta squamifrons at Poring Hot
Springs on 22 August. (xls
checklist - not updated since 11 Nov.) For those who have
been skipping Pasoh, which has been losing birds since the last
corridor to other forest was deforested for more palm oil
(biodiesel), note that Dennis recently had Malayan
Peacock-Pheasant, Barred Eagle-owl and White-necked Babbler at
Dennis Yong: A Naturalists' Naturalist. By Su Mei Toh, Wild
I highly recommend the article by Bill Clark et al. in
Birding 38(6):66-74 (Nov/Dec 2006) entitled "Field
Identification of the Solitary Eagle". Both Common and Great
Black Hawks are often misidentified as Solitary Eagle, a rare
bird of hill country above 700m. Moreover, at least two
commercial bird song sets misattribute the calls of Great Black
Hawk to Solitary Eagle. This well-illustrated article for the
first time sets forth the critical field marks. Solitary Eagle
calls may be found on Tom Schulenberg's Voices of Andean
Birds vol. 2.
photo by Daniel Torres of one of three (!)
Rufous-vented Ground-Cuckoos Neomorphus geoffroyi
attending an antswarm near the Bocaracá Trail at the
Rain Forest Aerial Tram, Costa Rica on 29 March 2006.
Gone Birding Newsletter, v7, n3 &
v7,n2. The birds continued to be seen for a few days and at
one point were visible from the gift shop! Another was seen by
John Keep at Albergue Heliconias in February 2006 (trip
report). He only learned of the site a week before departing
WorldTwitch Costa Rica Natural History Resource Guide.
Kinglet Calyptura C. cristata observed at Folha
Seca near Ubatuba, SP, Brazil, 4 March 2006, with a mixed flock
by Dr. Martin Schaefer! Subsequently, a sighting by Ladd Hockey
in the Ubatuba Experimental Station on 27 March 1997 was posted
to the Neoorn-l by Jeremy Minns.
Black-capped Piprites Piprites pileatus
rediscovered in Argentina in the newly demarcated Parque
Provincial "Caá Yarí" in Missiones.
Article and photo. The species is otherwise known to occur
only at a few montane sites in SE Brazil.
Eduardo Veado, former director of the Caratinga Reserve at
Fazenda Montes Claros (now RPPN Feliciano Miguel Abdala),
Ipanema, MG, Brazil, an important site for endemic birds and
mammals, and his wife were killed on 5 October by a hit-and-run
driver near Ipanema. He had received death threats for
denouncing illegal logging in the vicinity. (AP
Stunning handheld photos of Banded Ground-Cuckoo
Neomorphus radiolosus are online on the
International Research Training Center - Ecuador website.
Scientists tracked a bird for nearly a year using radio
telemetry, and it led them to the first confirmed nest. It
occupied a home range of five square kilometers with a marked
preference for undisturbed habitat.
Sumatran Ground-Cuckoo Carpococcyx viridis
photographed by camera trap near G. Kerinchi.
BirdLife report, 6 July 2006.
Pink-headed Blank, 18 July 2006: BirdLife's latest
expedition to northern Burma failed to find Pink-headed Duck.
Jonathan Eames said: "If the Pink-headed Duck was resident in
Kachin, we surely would have found it by now. Perhaps it is
indeed extinct or is only a visitor to the region."
Manipur Bush-Quail Perdicula manipurensis
reported from Manas National Park, Assam, India.
BBC, 28 June 2006.
US Population Nearing 300 Million thanks to mass immigration
of prolific breeders. Bogus Big Green groups still say "Bring
'em in". NOW is the time to look for the many declining North
American birds, as the situation is going to get much worse very
India finally bans vulture death drug. Probably too
late to save the Critically Endangered Slender-billed, Indian
and White-rumped Vultures, which have declined quicker than any
other wild birds, including the Dodo.
Top 2004 compensation for a "Big Green" group
executive was "only" $704,796 (NRDC President). The
highest in recent years was the whopping $852,749 paid by
the WCS in 1999-2000 to a new CEO who was on the job for only
six months before they quietly replaced him.
More environmental group salary information -- dug out by
Animal People. (It's more difficult to uncover than Enron
Cone-billed Tanager Conothraupis mesoleuca
rediscovered in PN das Emas, Brazil! This little-known bird was
found and taped by Braulio Carlos in 2003 and has been seen
subsequently by other birders. There is a photo by Dante
Eagle nest at Alta Floresta, MT, Brazil.
Alex Lees reports that there is an active Harpy Eagle nest
in the forest fragment in the town of Alta Floresta, with a
circa one-year-old dependent juvenile. As of late October 2005,
both adults and the juvenile were still being seen daily. There
is another active Harpy Eagle nest stakeout at
Estação Veracruz, RPPN da Veracel Celulose, near Porto
Seguro, Bahia, Brazil.
New marsh antwren discovered near the city of São Paulo!
It's clearly very similar to the Paraná Marsh Antwren
Formicivora (Stymphalornis) acutirostris, which was
discovered in Typha marshes along the Paraná coast about
10 years ago and has since been observed farther south in Santa
Catarina. The new bird was found near Biritiba-Mirim and
subsequently observed near Moji das Cruzes, towns which are
about 20 km apart east of SP along the road to Ubatuba. (Article
from Jornal Hoje with photo, 5 May 2005 /
USP press release /
IBAMA press release.)
Peninsular Malaysia & Sabah, July-September 2003, by Frank
Rheindt - Bulwer's Pheasant at Kinabalu Park HQ!
Flock of more than 50 Short-tailed Albatrosses off
Photo by Rob Suryan on TheBirdGuide.
is now online. They are offering
free memberships to birders around the world.
There's good and bad news for anyone who has made the arduous
trip to Enganno Island on an Indonesian fishing boat for
Chestnut-capped Thrush and the endemic scops owl and white-eye.
The good news: Nigel Collar has split Enganno birds into a new
species, Enganno Thrush Zoothera leucolaema. The bad
news: you will have to find Chestnut-capped Thrush Z.
interpres elsewhere, and nowhere is it as common and
conspicuous as the thrush on Enganno (at least prior to
forthcoming deforestation). N.J. Collar, Species limits in some
Indonesian thrushes. Forktail 20 (2004): 71-87. (Elevates
five subspecies to species level, including forms of Red-backed
Thrush found on Peleng and Talibu, and demotes two species to
Another "rare" bird becomes easy to find:
Black-chested Tyrant Taeniotriccus andrei tape
recorded for the first time at Carajás, PA, Brazil by Kevin
Zimmer and Andrew Whittaker, and 10 territories located.
New flightless wood rail closely related to Okinawa Rail
discovered on Calayan, northern Philippines.
Calayan Rail Gallirallus calayaensis.
Selva Cacique Cacicus koepckeae rediscovered in
vicinity of the
Machiguenga Center, Timpía, Cusco, Peru, and other sites in
SE Peru. N.G. Gerhart, Wilson Bull. 116(1): 74-82.
Possible sighting of the critically endangered Silvery
Pigeon, Columba argentina, with Pied Imperial Pigeons
on Pulau Talang Besar (Talang Talang Islands), southwest
Sarawak. There have been no confirmed records since 1931.
BirdingASIA 1 (2004):55-56.
Substantial population of Gurney's Pittas found in Burma.
Victorious birds sing triumph over losers. New Scientist,
10 February 2004. Tropical Boubous in Côte d'Ivoire that
successfully defended their territory from a simulated
confrontation sang a distinctive "victory duet" from a high
perch 30 minutes after playback stopped.
Substantial population of Red Siskins discovered in the
Rupununi Savanna, Guyana.
Environment News Links