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article imageThe bird that made it as the world's newest species

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By Vinay Chand     Aug 17, 2008 in Environment
A new species of a bird called the Olive-Backed Forest Robin or Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus is discovered in the forests of Gabon, by US scientists.
'The discovery of the Red-Breasted bird happened by accident,' said US scientists on Friday. The bird has been named the Olive-Backed Forest Robin by researchers although very little is known about it as yet.
The bird was reportedly found by a research team from the Smithsonian Institution who were visiting the forest on a bio-diversity project, according to Brian Schmidt, a research ornithologist at the Smithsonian's Natural Museum of Natural History.
A report by Reuters stated:
"I suspected something when I found the first bird in Gabon since it didn't exactly match any of the species descriptions in the field guides," Schmidt said in a statement.
"Once I was able to compare them side by side to other specimens in our collections, it was clear that these birds were special."
"Although finding an unknown species like the olive-backed forest robin was not the goal of the ... project, it is definitely a reminder that the world still holds surprises for us," Schmidt said.
A new species being detected comes as a pleasant surprise in the wake of global warming and depletion of natural resources as well as habitats as a result of human activity.
Click here for a slide show of images related to the newly discovered bird from Gabon.
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