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Aug 15 Brian Schmidt Holding an Olive-Backed Forest Robin

Aug 15 SI Naturalist Find New Bird Species in Gabon, Africa

 

Aug 15 SI Naturalist Find New Bird Species in Gabon, Africa

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Year: 
2008
Month: 
august
Day: 
15
Date: 
Fri, 2008-08-15

Scientists from the National Museum of Natural History publish their findings on a new species of bird in Zootaxa. The olive-backed forest robin or Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus, was found by Smithsonian researchers in the forests of Gabon, Africa. The bird measures 4.5 inches in length and averages 18 grams in weight when it reaches adulthood. Males have black feathers on their heads, a fiery orange  breast, yellow belly, white dot on their face in front of each eye and an olive back for which it is named. Females of the species look similar, but have a less vibrant color.