The Oriental Bird Club’s journal BirdingASIA has announced the discovery of a new species of bird in the rainforests of Borneo.
The discoverer is Leeds University biologist Richard Webster and the bird (shown above) is the spectacled flowerpecker. The new species is a tiny, wren-sized, gray bird with white markings around its breast, belly, and eyes, but it has not yet been given a scientific name. Dr David Edwards, a tropical ecologist at the University of Leeds, identified the bird as a new species from photographs.
It was seen eating mistletoe on a tree in the Danum Valley Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysia.
“The discovery of a new bird species in the heart of Borneo underlines the incredible diversity of this remarkable area,” said Adam Tomasek, leader of WWF’s Heart of Borneo initiative, told the BBC News.