BIRDS DISCOVERED IN 2008

Giles Pale-bellied Tapaculo new species Giles Pale-bellied Tapaculo
This species ha a black bill with lower mandible slightly lighter at base; iris dark brown; head, mantle and tail dark graybrown; underparts to breast gray, becoming slightly lighter on lower belly; wing coverts and flight feathers dark gray with tertials tipped ochraceous brown, with dark gray, but.....[read more]

Monteiros Storm-petrel new species Monteiros Storm-petrel
Iris dark brown; bill, legs and feet black. This species has the entire head, mantle, scapulars, back and upper rump and upper tail sooty brown-black. Nape, mantle and scapulars, back and upper rump with grey wash in good light. Longest scapulars thinly edged very pale grey. Upper tail coverts white.....[read more]

Nepal Rufous-vented Prinia new species Nepal Rufous-vented Prinia
The adult of this new subspecies has overall olive-grey to light brown plumage. The head and nape are greyer compared to the browner back, wings and tail. In most individuals, there is faint whitish supercilium which reaches behind the eye. The head is densely streaked compared to back. On the back,.....[read more]

Nonggang babbler new species Nonggang babbler
It has relatively short, rounded wings and medium-length rounded tail; wings longer than tail; relatively strong legs; medium-length straight bill; stiff forehead feathers; oval nares; and general body proportions. It is of relatively large size, it has a dark-grayish-brown body and chin; broad dark.....[read more]

Olive-backed Forest Robin new species Olive-backed Forest Robin
This species has forehead and crown blackish gray. Nape dark gray with slight Olive-Green wash increasing at the bacxk of the head. Back and rump olive-green. Rectrices fuscous fringed slightly browner than rump and same color as the upper tail coverts. Remiges brownish-olive narrowly fringed with o.....[read more]

Togian White-eye new species Togian White-eye
This new species is most similar to the Black-crowned White-eye (Zosterops atrifrons) but lacks the white eye ring which is narrow but conspicuous even in juvenile Black-crowned White-eyes. The Togian White-eye has a less extensive black cap, clearer yellow throat, distinct pale base to the bill and.....[read more]

Vanikoro White-eye new species Vanikoro White-eye
A new species of white-eye, the Vanikoro White-eye Zosterops gibbsi, is described from the island of Vanikoro (= Vanikolo) in the Santa Cruz Islands (= Temotu Province) within the Solomon Islands. It differs from the geographically closest white-eye, the Santa Cruz White-eye Zosterops sanctaecrucis,.....[read more]

West Chinese Leaf-warbler new species West Chinese Leaf-warbler
A study of the Phylloscopus warblers in the Sino-Himalayan region published in Vertebrate Zoology in 2008 by Martens, Sun and Päckert (pdf available) is examining the relationships between P. fuscatus, P. fuligiventer, P. affinis, P. armandii and P. subafinis and is proposing 2 new taxon names. The .....[read more]

Yungas Tyrannulet new species Yungas Tyrannulet
The Yungas Tyrannulet (Phyllomyias weedeni) is a species of bird in the Tyrannidae family. It is, as suggested by its common name, restricted to humid and semi-humid forest in the Yungas of north-western Bolivia and far south-eastern Peru. Although discovered in the early 1990s, it was only formally.....[read more]