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Researchers Identify New Bird Species in China

posted: 05/04/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Sichuan bush warbler
Per Alstrom

An international team of researchers has identified an elusive bird in China thanks to its distinct, melodious song. Native to mountainous central China, the Sichuan bush warbler's affinity for dense vegetation has kept it hidden from mankind for years.

"The Sichuan bush warbler is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its preferred habitat is dense brush and tea plantations," said Michigan State University's Pam Rasmussen. "However, it distinguishes itself thanks to its distinctive song that consists of a low-pitched drawn-out buzz, followed by a shorter click, repeated in series."

The warbler's Latin name, Locustella chengi, pays homage to Cheng Tso-hsin, a noted Chinese ornithologist who penned 30 books and 140 scientific papers. "Many species are named for European explorers and monarchs but few bear the names of Asian scientists," added Rasmussen.

Although the bird avoids contact with humans, researchers noted that it is abundant in China and is not endangered.

Click here for more information from Michigan State University

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