BIRDS DISCOVERED IN 2003

Carrizal Seedeater new species Carrizal Seedeater
Male is glossy blue-black with sooty black wings and brighter blue shoulder.Underwing coverts and axillars are white. Bill is large, deep and conical, dark grey. Female is light buff-brown with an olive-grey bill. Similar spp separable from other Amaurospiza by the denisty of colouration and black f.....[read more]

Munchique Wood-wren new species Munchique Wood-wren
A typical wood-wren. Sexes are similar, dark brown on the crown with warmer brown upperparts, short wings and tail are lighter warm brown barred with darker barring, prominent white supercilium above black eyestripe and ear coverts streaked white, throat white, chest pale grey, flanks, vent and unde.....[read more]

Rowi new species Rowi
Okarito brown kiwi, or rowi, are New Zealand's rarest kiwi, with an estimated 250 surviving in just 10,000 hectares in South Okarito Forest, in South Westland. It was only in 1994 that they were found to be an entirely new species and given the name rowi. Rowi vary from other types of kiwi in a rang.....[read more]

Rubeho Forest-partridge new species Rubeho Forest-partridge
The Udzungwa forest partridge, Xenoperdix udzungwensis, is one of Africa's rarest birds, considered threatened ("Vulnerable", see BirdLife International, 2000) because of its very small range. The species is known from only three forests within the Udzungwa and Rubeho Highlands of the Eastern Arc Mo.....[read more]