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World's least known bird rediscovered
Date:1/25/2010

y Afghanistan managed to travel to the Badakshan region, despite the war and ongoing clan conflicts. They used nets to capture 15 individuals of the mysterious species of bird. They sent photographs and feather samples to Lars Svensson and Urban Olsson, who used DNA analyses to confirm that after 142 years of searching, the breeding site of perhaps the world's least known bird had been found.

Under acute threat

News of the find was published this week in the journal Birding Asia and has aroused huge interest in ornithological circles. The Large-billed Reed Warbler is not hunted, but is regarded as being under acute threat since its breeding sites are being deforested by the local population in their hunt for fuel. "That's why it's vital that we protect both the species and its habitat now," says Urban Olsson.


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Contact: Urban Olsson
urban.olsson@zool.gu.se
46-031-786-3453
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert  

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