New Bird Species Found In Southwest China Red Orbit 29 January 2009
(Credit: James Eaton; Birdtour Asia)
A new fist-sized, babbler bird species has been discovered in a series of underground caves in China, elevating the hope that the country could find other new discoveries, a conservation group announced on Thursday.
Ornithologists Zhou Fang and Jiang Aiwu first saw the bird, dark with white spots on its breast, in 2005 and has since then established its identity as an unknown species. They labeled it the Nonggang babbler, scientific name Stachyris nonggangensis, named for the region of China where the bird was found.