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First pictures of two rare bird species

ProAves researches capture first images of “smiling” bird and rare conure

By Crystal Apilado

Wildlife researches took the first pictures of two rare bird species, the recurve-billed bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii) and the Perija parakeet (Pyrrhura caeruleiceps.)

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Recurve-billed Bushbird
The first photo of the recurve-billed bushbird. Photo by Fundacion ProAves.

The recurve-billed bushbird, whose bill curves to give the impression of a smile, was photographed in Norte de Santander, Colombia by Adriana Tovar and Luis Eduardo Uruena of Fundacion ProAves, an American Bird Conservancy conservation partner. This species remained undetected between 1965 to 2004 because of its small range and the remoteness of its habitats. Recurve-billed bushbirds were recently rediscovered in Venezuela and in a northeastern Colombian region.

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Perija Parakeet (also known as Todd's Conure)
The first known photo of the Perija parakeet. Photo by Fundacion ProAves.

Perija parakeets, also known as Todd’s conure, have distinctive blue napes and white breasts. The rare bird species is threatened by disturbance and loss of its habitat, and illegal bird traders. The Perija parakeet population is considered to be between 30 to 50 individual birds. ProAves researches took the photograph in early June 2007.

Posted: June 28, 2007, 5 a.m. EST


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Can anyone tell me the rarest bud species? I need it for my son's science report. Thank you :)
Erin, Bemidji, MI
Posted: 2/18/2009 8:12:13 AM
but these aren't the rearest birds.... are they???
Alicia, Grand Forks, LA
Posted: 2/18/2009 8:09:57 AM
I never cease to be amazed at the beauty and uniqueness of God's incredible creations, the birds! That conure would probably be on my list of wonderful pets if possible! Please support the saving of this beautiful species.
Marla, Euclid, OH
Posted: 12/4/2007 8:23:56 AM
The bushbird is very unusual looking especially the beak. The parakeet is very beautiful!!
Katarina, Brantford, ON
Posted: 10/25/2007 6:10:05 PM
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