New bird species found in Cambodia



New bird species found in Cambodia Zee Media Bureau

Phnom Penh: Researchers have discovered a previously unknown species of bird in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

Scientists from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups, including BirdLife International found the new bird species living in humid lowland scrub in Phnom Penh and other locations just outside the city.

The grey-coloured bird is called Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), and has a rufous cap and a black throat.

The discovery of the new bird species with a detailed description is published in a special online edition of the Oriental Bird Club’s journal Forktail.

“Finding any new bird species is special, but to find one so close to my home and the homes of millions of people is particularly special,” said Simon Mahood, a Wildlife Conservation Society scientist, who with a colleague investigated the discovery. “The bird is probably not rare, although its habitat is threatened. In the places where it can be found it is abundant.”

The study team says that the bird's natural habitat is shrinking and it must be classified as Near Threatened under the IUCN’s Red List.