One six-week expedition discovered ten new songbird species and subspecies in Indonesia

  • A six-week expedition to three small island groups near Sulawesi, Indonesia has yielded five new songbird species and five new subspecies.
  • The new species and subspecies were described in a paper published in Science last week. Frank Rheindt, a professor at the National University of Singapore, led the research team that made the discoveries using geological history and the notes of historical explorers as a guide in their search for new avian species.
  • While locals knew of some of the species already, it’s possible some of the birds had gone unnoticed because they sound more like insects.

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Last updated on 15 January 2020

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Indonesia