Another new species has been discovered in Southeast Asia– this time in Laos.
The bare-faced bulbul is the only bald songbird in mainland Asia. It is about the size of a thrush, and we don’t yet know exactly why it is bald. It may have to do with communication between the sexes. It is found in the Laotian lowlands, where the trees are sparse and large areas of limestone karst are exposed.
A mining company funded the expedition which included experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
This is the first Asian bulbul species to be discovered in 100 years.
So it’s quite a lovely little find.