27 June 2013

New Bird Species Discovered Within Phnom Penh

The Cambodian tailorbird, a small bird, which has a black-feathered throat and is the size of the more common wren, which lives in thick, lowland scrub in Phnom Penh and other sites in the nearby floodplain. Photograph: James Eaton/AFP/Getty Images
The recent discovery of a new species of bird- theCambodian Tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk)- is extraordinary; the bird was discovered within the boundaries of busy Phnom Penh.

A shy bird that confines itself to dense scrub the Cambodian Tailorbird will likely be categorized as 'Near Threatened,' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  

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