HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Breeding area of 'world's least known bird' discovered in Afghanistan

By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay.com

1652 days ago   Article ID# 286002
Original URL

 

Wildlife Conservation Society

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (Mongabay.com) - Named in 2007 the 'world's least known bird', the large-billed reed warbler has officially lost that title as researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have discovered its breeding ground in the remote Wakham Corridor in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan.

"Practically nothing is known about this species, so this discovery of the breeding area represents a flood of new information on the large-billed reed warbler," said Colin Poole, Executive Director of WCS’s Asia Program said in a press release. "This new knowledge of the bird also indicates that the Wakhan Corridor still holds biological secrets and is critically important for future conservation efforts in Afghanistan."

First discovered in 1867 in India, over a century would pass before another specimen of the bird was found in Thailand in 2006. Two years later, Robert Timmins heard a strange bird song coming from a small bird in the Wakhan Corridor. Later, a visit to the Natural History Museum in Tring, United Kingdom led Timmins to believe that the species was the almost completely unknown large-billed reed warbler.

In June WCS researchers returned to the site: using the Timmins' tape of the bird song they were able to attract more individual large-billed reed warblers than anyone had ever reported seeing before. They examined and performed DNA testing on 20 of the birds, confirming that the flock was indeed the 'world's least known bird'.

The status of the large-billed reed warbler is Data Deficient, according to the IUCN Red List, because scientists simply don't know enough about the species to know if it is threatened with extinction. Hopefully this new information will help them make a determination.

Already home to the Marco Polo sheep, ibex, lynx, wolf, and snow leopard, the Wakhan Corridor can now add a new highlight: the only known breeding population of the long-elusive large-billed reed warbler.

Copyright 2014 Mongabay.com   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1652 days ago   Article ID# 286002

Wildlife Conservation Society     View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Wildlife Conservation Society News

WCS to Manage Key Wildlife Reserve for Elephants in Nigeria

55 days ago From Newswise 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA - Newswise — The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today that it will partner with Bauchi State Government to manage the conservation of ... Flag as irrelevant Edit this alert You have received thi ...

Uganda sets up an online database to monitor arrests and identification of repeat poachers

153 days ago From Wildlife Extra News 

HEREFORD, U K - Dr. Felix Shardonofsky, who has 30 years of experience in respiratory medicine, including 10 years at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, ... Flag as irrelevant New interactive classroom resource gets student ...

Saving Elephants in Central African Republic: A Conversation With Andrea Turkalo

156 days ago From Huffington Post 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Andrea Turkalo is Associate Conservation Scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and cofounder of Cornell University's The Elephant ... Flag as irrelevant Photos: mass turtle hatching produces over ...

Microsoft buys Madagascar carbon credits

158 days ago From Mongabay.com 

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - Apart from the celebs and guests that are spotted at such events, those working quietly to make the event a perfect one are the volunteers. These ... Flag as irrelevant ...

China to destroy ivory stockpile

201 days ago From Mongabay.com 

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA - Terry Griffith, 55, a civil and environmental engineer who spent most of his career at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Janna Owens, 56, ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

Melting glaciers giving rise to new lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Action: Climate Change

Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat ...

Poacher's 77-Year Sentence Welcomed

Action: Wildlife Conservation

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega has welcomed the sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of 77 years in pr ...

Singapore logger continues peat clearance despite fire threat

Action: Stop Deforestation

International customers are suspending contracts with Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company APRIL, which is part ...

Hercules begins clean-up of contaminants along southern, eastern boundaries

Action: Stop Pollution

Hercules, Inc. has begun a clean-up of on and off-site contamination that the Environmental Protection Agency said will prote ...

Coal dust 'spread across Barrier Reef'

Action: Save Our Oceans

Coal dust has spread throughout the Great Barrier Reef and exceeds toxic levels near the shore, a Senate inquiry has heard.

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.