Monday, October 09, 2006

New South American species first of many?

In this Guardian Unlimited blurb about the recently discovered Yariguies Brush Finch in Colombia, expedition co-leader Blanca Huertas said, "This is just the first of several new species that we will be describing from the Yariguies mountains."

She didn't elaborate if more new avian species will be reported. In this International Herald Tribune article, her research partner, Thomas Donegan, said, "There are about two new birds found in the world every year. It's a very rare event."

Does that mean we've got our two new species for the year, now that we've learned about the Yariguies Brush Finch and the Bugun Liocichla? We can stop holding our breaths now?

By the way, I'm still trying to find a map that shows the Yariguies range. Can someone point out its location in relation to Bogota? Thanks.


Blogger John said...

According to this article, the new species was found near the cerulean warbler reserve that was founded last year. There is a map here. It is a little west of Bucaramanga.

October 09, 2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger John said...

I should add that the Yariguies are north of Bogota.

October 09, 2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thank you, John! My research led me to believe the Yariguies are northeast of Bogota, but the map was such low resolution that I couldn't be positive.

October 10, 2006 9:43 AM  

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