New bird species discovered in Cambodian capital

2013-06-26 22:55
A Cambodian tailorbird, or orthotomus chaktomuk, in Kampong Cham province northeast of Phnom Penh.

A Cambodian tailorbird, or orthotomus chaktomuk, in Kampong Cham province northeast of Phnom Penh. (Ashish John, AFP)

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Cambodia - Scientists say they've discovered a new species of bird in Cambodia, not in some remote jungle but in the country's capital.

A statement released on Wednesday by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said the wren-sized Cambodian tailorbird lives in dense, humid lowland scrub in Phnom Penh and other locations just outside the city.

The bird is gray in color with a brownish-red cap and black throat. The statement said only one other bird species is unique to Cambodia, the Cambodian laughingthrush, found only in the remote Cardamom mountain range.

- AP
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