New Bird Species Discovered on Indonesian Island

The announcement of a new bird comes with a twist: It?s a white-eye, but its eye isn?t white. However, what the new bird lacks in literal qualities it makes up for as one of the surprises that nature still has tucked away in little-explored corners of the world. Its eye isn?t ringed in a band of white feathers like its cousins who flock in other remote tropical islands of Indonesia. Yet it does have many features in common with the black-crowned white-eye Zosterops atrifrons of Sulawesi, which is clearly its closest relative, said Michigan State University?s Pamela Rasmussen, an internationally known ornithologist specializing in Asian birds.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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