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Shark_Blade
16-04-08, 04:12
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080314/sc_nm/bird_indonesia_dc_1

A small greenish bird that has been playing hide-and-seek with ornithologists on a remote Indonesian island since 1996 was declared a newly discovered species on Friday and promptly recommended for endangered lists.

The new species is called the Togian white-eye, or Zosterops somadikartai.

It was first spotted by Mochamad Indrawan of the University of Indonesia and his colleague Sunarto, who like many Indonesians uses one name.

"We observed the species in the field from 1997 to 2003," Indrawan said in a statement.

Dr. Pamela Rasmussen, a taxonomist at Michigan State University, completed the identification, reported in the March edition of The Wilson Journal of Ornithology.

The researchers had to get one of the birds for examination and formal classification.

Togian white-eyes are small, greenish-colored and have conspicuous white eye-rings.

Its nearest relatives have a band of white feathers around their eyes but this energetic little bird, which travels in small groups, is less showy, the researchers said.

The new Togian white-eye has been seen only near the coasts of three small islands of the Togian Islands in central Sulawesi. Rasmussen said it likely falls into the International Union for Conservation of Nature's category of endangered.

"This finding of the bird is only the beginning given the vast opportunities with Indonesian landscapes and seascapes of endemic flora and fauna," Indrawan said.

"What this discovery highlights is that in some parts of the world there are still virtually unexplored islands where few ornithologists have worked," Rasmussen said. "The world still holds avian surprises for us."

Indonesia has 1,600 of the known 10,000 bird species.

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Quasimodo
16-04-08, 04:18
Cute little critter :) Maybe they'll find Nessie next...

rowanlim
16-04-08, 07:56
Whoa...Nice find! :tmb: :D

I recall an article citing Indonesia as the new Lost World because there are so many unexplored terrains & hidden jungles...I hope they preserve these areas before the species, that we've yet to discover, disappers :)

Gabi
16-04-08, 12:10
In times when so many species become extinct it is a pleasure to hear about a newly discovered one.
Thanks for sharing. :)

Elysia
16-04-08, 12:18
:) I love reading about these things - cryptozoology is a bit of a passion of mine, and so finding out about new species is great! :tmb:

Beanz
16-04-08, 12:45
Wow, it's pretty cool aswell... I want one... :p

Drone
16-04-08, 13:31
nice bird :) thanks

Mister_Creazil
16-04-08, 14:16
Cute little critter :) Maybe they'll find Nessie next...


No one will ever find Nessie.

Legend of Lara
16-04-08, 14:17
No one will ever find Nessie.

I found Nessie in my back yard. :p

Shark_Blade
17-04-08, 06:27
It's always my pleasure to share with you guys :D :hug:

I really don't know about Nessie (Loch Ness) though :whi: :p

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1328/nessiezm3.png (http://imageshack.us)
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1328/nessiezm3.0a56f3d544.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=521&i=nessiezm3.png)

kryptonite23
17-04-08, 06:32
Nice Find there!! :tmb:

Thansk for the information :cln:

ivannnnn
17-04-08, 07:21
I'm very scared about Indonesia. The forest is in danger, trees are being cut down everyday by irresponsible ones. We lose almost like a soccer field every day.:(

kryptonite23
17-04-08, 07:25
I'm very scared about Indonesia. The forest is in danger, trees are being cut down everyday by irresponsible ones. We lose almost like a soccer field every day.:(

That's horrible :yik:
Can creatures in Indonesia destroy those kinds of things? :yik:

ivannnnn
17-04-08, 07:28
That's horrible :yik:
Can creatures in Indonesia destroy those kinds of things? :yik:
Hey not the creatures but the man! The endangerred ones will be lost forever if the government doesn't manage it!! :ohn:

kryptonite23
17-04-08, 07:30
What is the government doing about them?? :yik:

ivannnnn
17-04-08, 07:32
What is the government doing about them?? :yik:
They are not doing anything before we act. :ohn:

kryptonite23
17-04-08, 07:33
They are not doing anything before we act. :ohn:
So,you are standing as the government and the they are the citizens...I never knew about that :(

Shrantellatessa
17-04-08, 07:35
Thanks for sharing :tmb:

ivannnnn
17-04-08, 07:36
You've got it wrong. We live in a republic country like you do. :confused:

President is the leader.

kryptonite23
17-04-08, 07:37
You've got it wrong. We live in a republic country like you do. :confused:

President is the leader.
Ok...there are also some people here who kill animals just for fun :mad:

ivannnnn
17-04-08, 07:42
Ok...there are also some people here who kill animals just for fun :mad:
LOL. That happens sometimes not everyday. :p

cammy.
17-04-08, 10:08
I wish Loch Ness was real :p that would be cool. But someone would probably kill it :( Or they would put it in a zoo or something. :mad:

thecentaur
17-04-08, 11:21
very interesting find :tmb: i love animals! its so cute >.< :D

RAID
17-04-08, 11:31
Excellent :tmb: Always good news to discover something new. It's when they go extinct that really upsets.

Rivendell
17-04-08, 11:44
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1328/nessiezm3.png (http://imageshack.us)
http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1328/nessiezm3.0a56f3d544.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=521&i=nessiezm3.png)

That's a great pic :tmb: I remember when they were talking about that on the news a couple of years back - if only the comparison pic they used wasn't one that everyone knew was a fake.