A team of researchers took 15 years to confirm that the mottle-throated bird as first spotted in a thinning patch of forest on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island. It was an attractive sight but a completely new species.

The team of researchers named the species after late ecologist and ornithologist Navjot Sodhi. There is possibility that the discovery may be all the more significant because the newly named Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii) is uncommon, elusive. It was found in a forest that was being utilized to grow cacao, the bean that is turned into chocolate.

The team, led by researchers from Princeton University, Michigan State University and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences spent many weeks in the forests around Lore Lindu National Park at the time of the summers of 2011 and 2012. The findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE… see more

source: uncovermichigan, National Geogrphic