31 Aug '11, 4pm

First new U.S. bird species identified in decades - but it may already be extinct #birds

31 Aug 2011: First New U.S. Bird Species Identified in Decades May Be Extinct Scientists have been able to confirm the first new bird species identified in the U.S. in nearly four decades, but say the tiny seabird discovered in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands may have gone extinct since its last sighting . Using DNA tests on a single sample found at the Midway Atoll in 1963, researchers Reginald David/Smithsonian Institution The P. bryani , in its last known sighting from the Institution for Bird Populations and the Smithsonian Institution were able to identify a unique species of shearwater, Puffinus bryani. It is the smallest of 21 shearwater species, identifiable by its longer, blacker tail, according to the study published in the journal Condor . Researchers say the bird has been captured and photographed only one other time, in 1990. Rob Fleischer of the Smithsonian...

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