Tuesday, November 14, 2006

New Bird Discovered Leads to the Discovery of Other New Species

This year a new bird was discovered in northern Columbia on an unexplored mountain range. This was not only a great find for the research team, but also sets the precedent for future discoveries in this unexplored area.
The new bird that was discovered is the Yariguíes Brush-Finch (Atlapetes latinuchus variguierm) and is named for the Yariguíes people who inherited the northern Columbia mountain range. This finch differs from its relatives because it has a black back and no white markings on its wings. According to Blanca Huertas, “The description of a new bird is a rare event in modern times,” therefore the recent discovery of this large finch with black, yellow, and red plumage was a rare find for the team.
One specifically interesting aspect of this newly found species is the fact that this is the first time a live specimen has been used for the description of a new bird. Two birds were caught by the research team and with one of them released unharmed, the team was able to collect a DNA sample and take photographs. The team is starting to describe new taxa in this region since the discovery of the Yariguíes Brush-Finch and the Serranía de los Yariguíes was declared a national park. Huertas has also discovered several new taxa of butterflies that will be described.
The discovery of the new bird and the national park created in northern Columbia are going to help identify more new species in the area. I think it is a wonderful aspect that while the researchers discovered a new species, the bird also gives them more insight into the other species of the unexplored region.


Posted by ALC (11)


At 3:51 PM, Blogger PWH said...

This is a very intersting topic, and it shows how much there still is to left to discover on the earth. Aside from the birds and butterflies were there any other species that the researchers found yet?

TML (11)

At 3:22 PM, Blogger PWH said...

I liked your post very much. It was very interesting to learn about the new species of bird and everything else they are finding there. The only thing is that some of the sentences sound a little weird the way you worded them, but a great post. Do they know yet what species this bird has adapted from?

REC (11)

At 4:58 PM, Blogger PWH said...

That is very exciting to hear about the discovery of a new species. It really puts the world into perspective about how there is still much to be explored. Do you know if there has been much research done with this new bird? Other than its appearance do you know about its temperament, behaviors, and essentially how it interacts with its environment?

Guess (11)

At 5:36 PM, Blogger PWH said...

Well- written. I am curious to what would you like to see done with this research? Do you think that estrogen could be used to help human beings in stressful situations? Also, have you found any other things like estrogen that help improve with learning and memory? These are some things to think about, but it was definitely fun and interesting to read this article.
CMB (11)

At 12:55 PM, Blogger PWH said...

Thank you for the comments. Regarding your questions: As far as I know, no other species besides the birds and butterflies have been found yet. (TML)
The research I have read about did not show from what species the bird has adapted from. (REC)
I have not seen any further information that said there has been more research done on the new species, therefore I do not know about these other questions. (Guess)
I would really like to see more about the new species of bird that was discovered and to see if any other species were found in that area. (CMB)

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