New Hummingbird species discovered

The discovery of a new bird species is a reasonably rare event. The recent discovery of a new species of hummingbird in Columbia caused a ripple of excitement around the world of birders. And it is a real stunner of a bird, with iridescent blue and green plumage.

According to ornithologists, the Gorgeted Puffleg has been discovered living in the cloud forests of southwestern Colombia. Despite its recent discovery, this stunning rare hummingbird that has violet blue plumage and iridescent green on its throat, is already endangered by the environmentally damaging illegal drugs industry. (Quoted from Living the Scientific Life)

On this blog I often rave about the beauty of Australian birds. Yes, we really do have many wonderful and colourful bird species. We also have a great abundance of birds and many different species to enjoy. I am sure, however, that some of the hummingbird species would rival and even outdo some of our birds for sheer beauty. I have yet to enjoy the delights of seeing a hummingbird in real life; if the photos are any indication, they must be wonderful.

  • Read the whole article and see the photos on Living the Scientific Life blog.
Rainbow Lorikeets

Rainbow Lorikeets

Rainbow Lorikeets are a common Australian parrot. They are also one of our more colourful birds. How do they compare with some of the hummingbirds? Leave your comments in the section below.

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