An entirely new species of warbler has been discovered in China and the bird is being named the Sichuan bush warbler, a new study says.
The Sichuan bush warbler is the newest member of the warbler family, according to recent research conducted by a group of ornithologists. The study took place in China and was led by Dr. Per Alström. The study was published in the journal Avian Research, which explores bird life, and air bound creatures. The scientific name for this new bird will be Locustella chengi, but the researchers felt as though the American translation of the name would be more fitting for common consumption.
The biggest takeaway that the team pointed out was that the Sichuan bush warbler shared a lot of similarities with the Russet Bush Warbler. However, not everything about the Sichuan bush warbler is similar to other warblers. In fact, the song of this bird is one of the most unique things about this bird. Pamela Rasmussen of the team pointed out that, “Its distinctive song … consists of a low-pitched drawn-out buzz, followed by a shorter click, repeated in series.”
One unique thing about this bird though might be the fact that it isn’t that uncommon. While it’s been completely unknown to this point – and only recently discovered – the team and other researchers all believe that there’s high probability that the Sichuan bush warbler exists in multiple places around the area. Uniquely, scientists are now in the position of trying to make additional calls about the bird, as it continues to be one tough bird to spot in the wild.
The two aforementioned species also seem to live in close proximity to each other. Additionally, the team pointed out that they likely have territories that overlap or are even intertwined. While they likely wouldn’t enter the others territory, it still is a bit unique that this would even happen in the first place since many birds are quite territorial. The team also pointed out that it doesn’t appear as though the bird is under any threat, either. It would appear as though this particular type of warbler is living quite comfortably in the region without any worry about its future.