Newly identified African bird species already in trouble


IMAGE: Mountain Sooty Boubous occupy high-elevation forests in Africa’s Albertine Rift region. Related birds occupying mid-elevation forests were recently discovered to be a distinct species.
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Credit: J. Engel

Central Africa’s Albertine Rift region is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of a system of highlands that spans six countries. Recent studies have shown that the population of sooty bush-shrikes occupying the region’s mid-elevation forests is a distinct species, and new research from The Condor: Ornithological Applications reveals that this newly discovered species may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development.

The newly identified mid-elevation species has been dubbed Willard’s Sooty Boubou, as opposed to the previously…

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