Togian Hawk owl discovered in 2004

Togian Hawk-owl Ninox burhani NEAR THREATENED On Christmas night (25 December) 1999, in the village of Benteng on Togian Island, three unidentified hawk-owls were watched by torchlight, hunting from perches in a garden. They were medium-sized true owls, lacking ear tufts, with a dark, pale-scalloped mantle, darkish facial disc, grey bill, white underwings and undertail […]

Bald Parrot discovered in 2002

Bald Parrot Gypopsitta aurantiocephala NEAR THREATENED Pionopsitta aurantiocephala is known only from a few localities encompassing the Lower Madeira and Upper Tapajós rivers in Amazonian Brazil. Individuals have been seen in gallery forest and in ‘campinarana’ forest (on white-sand soils). This region is under threat from logging1. Given that the species is currently known only […]

Mekong Wagtail discovered in 2001

Mekong Wagtail Motacilla samveasnae NEAR THREATENED Motacilla samveasnae is known, in the breeding season, from a substantial length of the River Mekong and several of its tributaries in Cambodia, extending upstream from Kampi into southern Laos, and there is a record from the non-breeding season in Thailand. In optimal habitat, linear densities may reach many […]

Caatinga Antwren discovered in 2000

Caatinga Antwren Herpsilochmus sellowi NEAR THREATENED Herpsilochmus pileatus is locally uncommon in caatinga scrub and deciduous woodland in interior north-east Brazil up to 1,000 m. It has been recorded from Barra do Corda in central Maranhão, Serra do Cachimbo in south Pará, Chapada de Araripe and Várzea Formosa in Ceará, and several localities in central […]