Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Kate's New and Hot (Week 7)


My article this week is from CNN, and it's about a new species of hummingbird that has been discovered in the cloud forests of Colombia. It's called the Gorgeted Puffleg (Eriocnemis isabellae) and is one of 15 species of the Puffleg genus.

The article is also about how the species is in danger because it is very rare and has only been found on one mountain range. Slash and burn farming by coca growers is depleting the hummingbirds' environment and having a disastrous effect on their numbers.

An interesting side note is that Colombia has the world's largest variety of birds, with over 1800 species :)

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