Stiles’s Tapaculo discovered in 2005

Stiles’s Tapaculo Scytalopus stilesi LEAST CONCERN Stiles’s Tapaculo’s song is considerably faster and lower-pitched than that of the closely related Ecuadorian Tapaculo S. robbinsi. Furthermore, it is genetically distinct and retains its integrity throughout a 300 km stretch of the Cordillera Central where it occupies montane forest between 1,420 and 2,130 m altitude. In this […]

Calayan Rail discovered in 2004

Calayan Rail Thamnophilus divisorius LEAST CONCERN A new species of bird has been discovered on a remote island in the northern Philippines, by a team of Filipino and British wildlife researchers. The Calayan Rail is a relative of the internationally familiar Moorhen, with bright red beak and legs contrasting strikingly with its dark plumage. But […]

Acre Antshrike discovered in 2004

Acre Antshrike Thamnophilus divisorius LEAST CONCERN The Acre Antshrike (Thamnophilus divisorius) is a member of the antbird family (Thamnophilidae). Its closest relatives are the Streak-backed Antshrike and the Amazonian Antshrike (Whitney et al. 2004). It was discovered in 1996 in the Acre Arch uplands in the state of Acre in Brazil, and described as a […]

Cryptic Forest falcon discovered in 2002

Cryptic Forest-falcon Micrastur mintoni LEAST CONCERN Described in 2002 (Wilson Bull. 114: 421-445), specimens of Micrastur mintoni had been overlooked as Lined Forest-falcon A. gilvicollis or confused with Plumbeous Forest-falcon M. plumbeus for over 100 years, despite the attention of such acutely observant commentators as Charles Hellmayr and Dean Amadon, until Andrew Whittaker finally resolved […]

Chapada Flycatcher discovered in 2001

Chapada Flycatcher Suiriri islerorum LEAST CONCERN The Chapada Flycatcher is superficially similar to Campo Suiriri Suiriri suiriri affinis but is readily identified by its vocalisations, especially the distinctive male-female duets, bill size and shape and colour of the tail. The species previously had been confused with Suiriri suiriri affinis, with which it is syntopic at […]

Bukidnon Woodcock discovered in 2001

Bukidnon Woodcock Scolopax bukidnonensis LEAST CONCERN Bukidnon Woodcock Scolopax bukidnonensis is known from central and northern Luzon and four mountains on Mindanao. Specimens were obtained in the 1960s but were incorrectly identified as Eurasian Woodcock S. rusticola and it was not until birds were sighted and heard in 1993 on Mt Kitanglad, Bukidnon Province, Mindanao, […]

Taiwan Bush warbler discovered in 2000

Taiwan Bush-warbler Bradypterus alishanensis LEAST CONCERN A bush-warbler of the genus Bradypterus, known from the mountains of Taiwan since 1917, has never been formally named as a distinct taxon. Songs of the Taiwan population differ strikingly from those of its Asian congeners in being much clearer, sweeter, more piercing, and in having a very different […]