birding-aus Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher

Subject: birding-aus Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher
From: (Syd Curtis)
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 22:35:20 +1000
Hi all,

        In case any twitcher out there, eager for another life tick, has
had to have second thoughts about a planned visit to East Timor, why not
try the island of Sangihe.  :-)

But to be serious, "The Weekend Australian" has, tucked away in the
Employment section, a page on Science and Technology.  That for Sept. 11-12
includes a note on the rediscovery of the Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher,
Eutrichomyias rowleyi, which had been thought to be extinct, not having
been seen since it was described by a German naturalist in 1874.

Sky-blue above, white below, white eye-ring, a moustache of bristles at the
base of the bill, and a long tail.

The team of three British volunteers and eight Indonesians eventually
identified 22 of the birds and believe there may be more than a hundred.
Being so rare it had no Indonesian name, so they have called it Burung Niu
in honour of the man who found it.

I know I will never visit Sangihe nor see a Burung Niu, but it's great to
know it survives.

Just in case you missed the item.



H Syd Curtis

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