New species and Rediscoveries

Tsingy Wood-Rail – New species of Rail.

Thumbnail image for Tsingy Wood-Rail – New species of Rail. by Gunnar 27 February 2011

A new species of Rail from Madagascar has been described in the scientific journal Zootaxa (click for pdf) by Goodman et al . One of the authors is well known birder Nick Block from Texas who was responsible for the genetic analysis.  The new species named Tsingy Wood Rail Mentocrax beankaensis is closely related to [...]

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Another New Storm-Petrel Discovered

Thumbnail image for Another New Storm-Petrel Discovered by Gyorgy Szimuly 25 February 2011

A new species of seabird has been found. A five-person multi-national expedition led by British seabird expert Peter Harrison, captured 12 of the mystery storm-petrels at sea near Puerto Montt, Chile on February 18, 19, and 21, and can now confirm the existence of a new species.

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Galapagos Frigatebird – a new split

Thumbnail image for Galapagos Frigatebird – a new split by Gunnar 2 November 2010

But how shall you ID Galapagos Frigatebird when out of range? In a recent paper from Proceedings of the RSPB, Hailer et al present convincing genetic data (although hard to follow as it is quite technical) that there is no geneflow between Galapagos populations of Magnificent Frigatebird and those on the mainland. This is very [...]

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