New Parrot and Mouse Species Discovered in Philippines…

The two new species were discovered as the result of recent and earlier field studies.

The parrot is a Hanging-parrot, or Colasisi, with bright green feathers covering most of the body. The throat and thighs are bright blue, and the top of the head and tail are brilliant scarlet-orange. Males and females have identical plumage, which is quite unusual in this group of parrots.

The description is based on previously unstudied specimens in The Field Museum and the Delaware Museum of Natural History collected in the 1960’s by D. S. Rabor. The name for the new species is Loriculus camiguinensis, or Camiguin Hanging-parrot.

The new mammal is a Philippine forest mouse, now identified as Apomys camiguinensis. It has large ears and eyes, a long tail and rusty-brown fur, and it feeds mostly on insects and seeds.

The description is based on mice captured on Camiguin during a biological survey Heaney and Tabaranza conducted in 1994 and 1995, high on the steep slopes of one of the island’s volcanoes.

Local people had not previously known of the mouse, though they have known of the parrot because of its value in the pet trade.

Full article here… (has very interesting info about the conservation situation and endemic species in the Philippines!)

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3 Responses to New Parrot and Mouse Species Discovered in Philippines…

  1. Chuck says:

    Very informative i like you interests here

  2. Bev says:

    Oh, this is just too much. Yes, we do have interests here!

  3. neah says:

    its a rare animals / mammals – it should be protected – the provincial government should look-in to it…. chiao !

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