15 New species of birds discovered in Amazonia

Greatest number of original descriptions of species described together in over a century.

2 July 2013 - Amazonia is home to far more species of birds (about 1300), and more species per unit area, than any other biome. The formal descriptions of 15 more from the Brazilian Amazon have just come off the presses in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. Special Volume: New Species and Global Index published on 20 June 2013. Not since 1871 have so many new species of birds been introduced under a single cover (those were mostly from Amazonian Brazil).

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A name for Striolated Puffbird west of the Rio Madeira with revision of the Nystalus striolatus (Aves: Bucconidae) complex
Bret M. Whitney, Vítor de Q. Piacentini, Fabio Schunck, Alexandre Aleixo, Bárbara R. S. de Sousa, Luís Fábio Silveira, and Marco Antonio Rêgo
Nystalus obamai     Western Striolated-PuffbirdClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
Molecular systematics and taxonomic revision of the Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper complex (Dendrocolaptes certhia: Dendrocolaptidae), with description of a new species from the Xingu-Tocantins interfluve
Romina Batista, Alexandre Aleixo, Marcelo Vallinoto, Lorena Azevedo, Péricles Sena do Rêgo, Luis Fábio Silveira, Iracilda Sampaio, and Horacio Schneider
Dendrocolaptes retentus     Xingu WoodcreeperClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
Molecular systematics and taxonomic revision of the Lineated Woodcreeper complex (Lepidocolaptes albolineatus: Dendrocolaptidae), with description of a new species from southwestern Amazonia
Elinete Batista Rodrigues, Alexandre Aleixo, Andrew Whittaker, and Luciano N. Naka
Lepidocolaptes fatimalimae     Inambari WoodcreeperClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
Molecular systematics and taxonomic revision of the Curve-billed Scythebill complex (Campylorhamphus procurvoides: Dendrocolaptidae), with description of a new species from western Amazonian Brazil
Alexandre Aleixo, Carlos Eduardo B. Portes, Andrew Whittaker, Jason D. Weckstein, Luiz Pedreira Gonzaga, Kevin J. Zimmer, Camila C. Ribas, and John M. Bates
Campylorhamphus gyldenstolpei     Tupana ScythebillClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Campylorhamphus (Aves: Dendrocolaptidae) from the Tapajós - Xingu interfluve in Amazonian Brazil
Carlos Eduardo B. Portes, Alexandre Aleixo, Kevin J. Zimmer, Andrew Whittaker, Jason D. Weckstein, Luiz Pedreira Gonzaga, Camila C. Ribas, John M. Bates, and Alexander C. Lees
Campylorhamphus cardosoi     Tapajós ScythebillClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Epinecrophylla antwren from the Aripuanã-Machado interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil with revision of the "stipple-throated antwren" complex
Bret M. Whitney, Morton L. Isler, Gustavo A. Bravo, Natalia Aristizábal, Fabio Schunck, Luís Fábio Silveira, and Vítor de Q. Piacentini
Epinecrophylla dentei     Roosevelt Stipple-throated AntwrenClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
Molecular systematics and taxonomic revision of the Ihering's Antwren complex (Myrmotherula iheringi: Thamnophilidae), with description of a new species from southwestern Amazonia
Leonardo Miranda, Alexandre Aleixo, Bret M. Whitney, Luís F. Silveira, Edson Guilherme, Marcos Pérsio Dantas Santos, and M. Paula C. Schneider
Myrmotherula oreni     Bamboo AntwrenClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Herpsilochmus antwren from west of the Rio Madeira in Amazonian Brazil
Mario Cohn-Haft and Gustavo A. Bravo
Herpsilochmus praedictus     Predicted AntwrenClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Herpsilochmus antwren from the Aripuanã-Machado interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil
Bret M. Whitney, Mario Cohn-Haft, Gustavo A. Bravo, Fabio Schunck, and Luís Fábio Silveira
Herpsilochmus stotzi     Aripuana AntwrenClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of antbird in the Hypocnemis cantator complex from the Aripuanã-Machado interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil
Bret M. Whitney, Morton L. Isler, Gustavo A. Bravo, Natalia Aristizábal, Fabio Schunck, Luís Fábio Silveira, Vítor de Q. Piacentini, Mario Cohn-Haft, and Marco Antonio Rêgo
Hypocnemis rondoni     Manicore Warbling-AntbirdClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Zimmerius tyrannulet from the upper Madeira-Tapajós interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil: Birds don't always occur where they "should"
Bret M. Whitney, Fabio Schunck, Marco Antonio Rêgo, and Luís Fábio Silveira
Zimmerius chicomendesi     Chico's TyrannuletClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Hemitriccus tody-tyrant from the state of Acre, Brazil
Kevin J. Zimmer, Andrew Whittaker, Carla Haisler Sardelli, Edson Guilherme, and Alexandre Aleixo
Hemitriccus cohnhafti     Acre Tody-TyrantClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of flycatcher in the Tolmomyias assimilis radiation from the lower Sucunduri-Tapajós interfluvium in central Amazonian Brazil heralds a new chapter in Amazonian biogeography
Bret M. Whitney, Fabio Schunck, Marco Antonio Rêgo, and Luís Fábio Silveira
Tolmomyias sucunduri     Sucunduri Yellow-margined FlycatcherClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A distinctive new species of gnatcatcher in the Polioptila guianensis complex (Aves: Polioptilidae) from western Amazonian Brazil
Andrew Whittaker, Alexandre Aleixo, Bret M. Whitney, Brian Tilston Smith, and John Klicka
Polioptila attenboroughi     Inambari GnatcatcherClick here for Supporting Information for this species.
A new species of Cyanocorax jay from savannas of the central Amazon
Mario Cohn-Haft, Marcelo A. Santos Junior, Alexandre M. Fernandes, and Camila C. Ribas
Cyanocorax hafferi     Campina JayClick here for Supporting Information for this species.