BRAZIL

 
Published: Sunday 15 December 1996

A rare bird -- previ-ously unknown to ornithologists -- has been discovered in the forest canopy of vast cocoa plantations here. While the discovery is a cause for elation among bird lovers, there is simultaneous concern that its discovery may soon be followed by its extinction, considering the onslaughts on the Amazon rainforests.

According to Jose Fer-nando Pacheco, a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the small, grey bird has been named Acrobatornis fonsecai after its acrobatic traits like hanging upside down, running back and forth along the underside of branches. Fonsecai comes from Paulo Sergio Fonseca, an ardent bird-watcher, who first discovered the bird.

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