PHYS.ORG Zoologists discovered two new bird species in Indonesia


  • Zoologists from Trinity College with partners from Halu Oleo University (UHO) and Operation Wallacea, have discovered two new bird species in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indonesia.


  • The two new white-eye species found by Trinity and UHO; they are both found on the Wakatobi Islands, just off mainland South-east Sulawesi. However, the two species could not be more different.
  • Another bird, Wangi-wangi white-eye, remained unnoticed until the beginning of the 21st century when Professor Marples’ research group visited the island from which it takes its name.
  • These white eyed birds are adaptable and can have wide variety of fruits, flowers and insects.
  • The Wakatobi white-eye is found throughout the Wakatobi Islands and split from its mainland relatives in the last 800,000 years.
  • Wangi-wangi white-eye is a much older species found on only one tiny island, with its closest relatives found more than 3,000 km away.
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