Looks like Stijn’s bulbuls finally got themselves a new name.
The bulbul is bald. -That is a fact. -So what did they name it? “Bald Headed Bulbul.”
-I never would have guessed that …
The following article showed up in Yahoo’s Science section. Read it here.
As it turns out, the bird has been under observation by several scientists for a number of years. Apparently the project has been underway for almost 10 years and yet there was no mention of it until Stijn “accidentally” discovered the birds and annoced his find on the web.
Like Stijn mentioned, it’s sad that there are some ornithologists (or ornithological bodies) which prefer to keep their discoveries under wraps for such extended periods of time. I understand that it takes time to research and properly file the paperwork, but I also agree that more birders would be visiting Laos today had the discovery been announced earlier.
Birdwatching usually helps the local population as well as creates a level of awareness among locals to protect their national heritage. I think many people will agree with me when I say the Laotian people could use a helping hand.
The scientific data has been released and was made available in this year’s edition of forktail. See it here.
Congradualtions to Stijn De Win for uncovering this bird and sharing his find with us and to all those who worked so hard to glean all the needed information to classify the specimen.