posted on Aug, 7 2012 @ 10:41 AM
A cloud forest, also known as a fog forest, is a generally tropical or subtropical evergreen montane moist forest characterized by a persistent,
frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. Cloud forests often exhibit an abundance of mosses covering the ground and
The Sira Barbet, as the bird was named, is clearly a sister species to the Scarlet-Banded Barbet, but is readily distinguished by differences in color
on the bird’s flanks, lower back and thighs, and a wider, darker scarlet breast band. In the July 2012 issue of The Auk, the official publication
of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the team published a paper explaining that they compared mitochondrial DNA sequences of the new Sira Barbet
to it’s close cousins in the genus Capito and secured genetic evidence that this is a new and unreported species in the barbet famly. The genetic
work was performed at The Field Museum of Chicago, by co-author Jason Weckstein.
They first found it in 2008, but have been doing the science part of making sure it's a unique species.
(The description of the "cloud forest" is very refreshing (to me, anyway), considering we are in a baking drought...)
also, it's nifty that the indigenous tribe had guides willing to take the scientific team into the jungle to find it....
birds are just so fascinating to watch, and listen to. Hope you all enjoy...as much as I would love to go on expeditions in the tropical jungles,
I'm beginning to doubt I'll have the chance in this lifetime.