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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A colorful new bird has been discovered
in a previously unexplored Andean cloud forest, spurring efforts to
protect the area, conservation groups said Monday.
The bright yellow and red-crowned Yariguies brush-finch was named
for the indigenous tribe that once inhabited the mountainous area
where it was discovered.
For conservationists the discovery of the species came at a crucial
time the government has decided to set aside 500 acres of the
pristine cloud forest where the bird lives to create a national park.
The new finch, the size of a fist, is native to Colombia's eastern
Andean range and considered by its discoverers to be near
threatened and in need of close monitoring to prevent it from