New Song Bird Discovered, With A Face You'll Never Forget
Image via Discovery, Credit: Iain Woxvold/University of Melbourne
You usually picture song birds as being as beautiful in plumage as they are in their sound. But a newly discovered song bird species may flip that notion on its head, thanks to its bald head, a characteristic that makes it completely unique for its type. Bald-Headed BulbulScientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Melbourne discovered pycnonotus hualon, this bald-headed, pink-faced songbird, while surveying a limestone outcrop in Laos. It has the stand-out feature of being the only bald-headed songbird in all of Asia.
And that's just how the scientists came up with its new name - the bulbul was named Pycnonotus hualon, with "hualon" being the Lao word for "bald-headed." It's the first new species of bulbul found in Asia in over 100 years.
It's always so much nicer to hear about a species being discovered, instead of being wiped out. Read the neat story about how the bird was found and caught at Discovery News. Follow Jaymi on Twitter: @JaymiHeimbuchMore on New SpeciesNew Species Discovered Via Google EarthMore Than 200 New Frogs Discovered in Madagascar: Amphibian Species DoubledNew "Corpse Plant" Species Discovered in Former Khmer Rouge TerritoryAmazing, Newly Discovered Salamander Looks Like ET