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Swede Discovers New Bird in Asia

Published måndag 15 februari 2010 kl 17.40
Similar to the Swedish willow warbler.

A new type of bird has been discovered by Swedish researchers in Southeast Asia, news agency TT reports. Officially called Phylloscopus calciatilis, the green and yellow bird is similar to a willow warbler, but only lives in areas with limestone mountains.

Per Alström of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has identified five of the eighteen total new species of birds found in Southeast Asia during the last 20 years, including the most recent find.

“It involves a lot of luck,” Alström told TT.

Phylloscopus calciatilis is commonly found in Laos and Vietnam, and probably exists in southern China as well. It greatly resembles another bird species in the area, which can probably account for the fact that it wasn’t discovered sooner.

Alström and his colleague Urban Olsson of Gothenburg University identified the differences between the two birds by comparing their songs and testing their DNA.

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