A Quiet Bird in Indonesia Makes a Big Noise in Science

November 26, 2014 5:02 AM

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It took 15 years for a team of researchers to confirm that the mottle-throated bird first spotted in a thinning patch of forest on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island was not just a pretty sight but an entirely new species.

The discovery is maybe all the more remarkable because the newly named Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii) is rare, elusive and was found in a forest that was being used to grow cacao, the bean that is turned into chocolate.

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