Unusual Bald Bird Discovered

NWF   |   July 30, 2009

Bald bird A new species of bird has been discovered by scientists in Laos. The bird is Asia’s first new species of bulbul, a songbird, in more than 100 years,

Physorg.com reports:

“An odd songbird with a bald head living in a rugged region in Laos has been discovered by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Melbourne, as part of a project funded and managed by the mining company MMG (Minerals and Metals Group) that operates the Sepon copper and gold project in the region.

The thrush-sized bird is greenish-olive with a light-colored breast, a distinctive featherless, pink face with bluish skin around the eye extending to the bill and a narrow line of hair-like feathers down the centre of the crown.”

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