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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ognorhynchus icterotis
POPULATION: ~ 4,251 Individuals
IUCN STATUS: Endangered
HABITAT: Humid montane and elfin forest and adjacent partially cleared terrain; favors areas with wax palms.
The colorful, elusive Yellow-eared Parrot was considered by many to be a lost species until April 1999, when a group of researchers sponsored by ABC and Fundación Loro Parque discovered a group of 81 in the misty heights of the Colombian Andes.
Since this rediscovery, Yellow-eared Parrot numbers have rebounded due to intensive conservation, but like the Fuertes’s Parrot and Santa Marta Parakeet, this bird remains one of the most threatened parrot species in Colombia.
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Species Unseen For 47 Years Rediscovered Near Colombian Town Named For Miracles. Fewer than 20 Antioquia Brushfinches are known, and habitat is under immediate threat.
The Antioquia Brushfinch was first described by ornithologist Thomas Donegan in 2007, after a review of brushfinch specimens in South American and European collections. Donegan noticed three specimens labeled from San Pedro de los Milagros and “Antioquia” generally that were marked as representing the widespread Slaty Brushfinch, but looked different. Two of these specimens were undated, and one was collected in 1971. Many feared that the species “discovered” in the museum drawers was extinct, after several searches over the last 12 years failed to find it.
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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Buteo lineatus
POPULATION: 1.6 million
HABITAT: Deciduous or mixed forests, often near clearings and water; swamps.
The Red-shouldered Hawk is named for its reddish upper wing coverts, or shoulders. The lineatus in its name means “striped” in Latin, referring to its black-and-white-banded tail and finely barred reddish breast. Another distinctive field mark: translucent wing crescents, or “windows,” near the base of the wingtips, visible when the bird soars or glides overhead.
This attractive raptor is smaller and slimmer than the more widespread Red-tailed Hawk, almost resembling an accipiter such as the Cooper’s Hawk.