Sira Barbet: New Species Of Bird Found In Remote Forests Of Peru

By IScienceTimes Staff Reporter on August 7, 2012 9:36 PM EDT

Researchers have discovered a new species of birds in the forests of Peru. 

Four ornithologists - those who specialize in the study of birds - found that the birds were mostly in pairs. They were mostly seen in the low canopy of forest trees, feasting on berries and the like.

The birds are described as having black masks, white throats, and bright red markings along their heads and necks, along with a splash of pale yellow throughout their bodies. They reside in a small section of the forest in the eastern Andes, reported MSNBC

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The new species is named Sira barbet or Capito Fitzpatrick, after John W. Fitzpatrick, a ornithologist who conducted expeditions in Peru during the 1970s and 1980s.  The four ornithologists -who are all recent graduates- believe the new species is related to another barbet bird that has scarlet markings across their bodies.

This is not the first new species that has been found in Peru. Peru is home to many unknown species due to its unexplored terrain, much of which is remote. Scientists have recently discovered a new species of lizards, which were identified due to their colorful nature. The endangered yellow-tailed monkeys were also spotted recently in Peru, though beforehand they had not been spotted for many years. 

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