Yangon, 19 Jan — Bird observers on Saturday announced a number of new recorded bird species of Myanmar to the media, planning to forward their new sightings to the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry within this month.
A research study was jointly conducted by both local and foreign agencies—Myeik University, Myanmar Bird and Natural Society (MBNS), Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Bird Tour Asia, Wildlife Sanctuary (Putao) and Flora and Fauna International (FFI).
The 29 species of birds including Black-headed Bunting (Emberizo melanocephala), White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) and Little Curlew (Numenius menutus) were identified as new species.
Seven species out of 29 were identified as new species for South East Asia, 13 for Myanmar and nine for region, Daw Thiri Dae We Aung, an ornithologist, said.
Those birds were discovered in three regions—Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Ayeyawady and Taninthayi—and four states — Kachin, Chin, Kayah, Shan, Mon and Rakhine in Myanmar in the previous five years (2010-2014).
Lists of Myanmar’s total bird species will reach 1,114, including new species. Up to now, Myanmar has 49 globally threatened species, six endemic species and seven near-endemic species classified by the experts.
According to the 2014 IUCN Red List’s reports, there are nine critically endangered species, 12 endangered species and 28 vulnerable species around the world.GNLM