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New Indonesian bird species officially confirmed

The forests of Sulawesi.
The forests of Sulawesi. Image by Theodor Benda / CC BY-SA 2.0

First spotted in the forests of Sulawesi 15 years ago, the Sulawesi streaked flycatcher has been officially confirmed as a new bird species by US and Indonesian scientists. The small bird, which has a high-pitched songbook of chirps, whistles and trills, lives in the forested lowlands of the island, which has been heavily degraded by cacao plantations. However despite having evaded human engagement for so long, the new species is currently not under threat of extinction. Read more: irishtimes.com