The newly described Tapajós Scythebill (Campylorhamphus cardosoi) was just one of the phenomenal total of 16 new bird species described from Brazil! No less than 15 were discovered in the mega rich Amazon rainforest! For more information please take a look in the reference mentioned.
Adults grow to about 10cm, well known thornbill ranging over much of Australia. Bright yellow rump with some yellow shading along under belly and some olive yellow on back, black crown spotted with white, grey back & face, black wing & tail edges. Shimmering high call, feeds on insects, seeds, nectar, grubs, lives in pairs or small groups.
The adult male has a greyish blue head with a white facial crescent, a light brown body with a white patch near the rear and a black tail. The adult female is mottled brown, and has a whitish area at base of bill. Both sexes have sky-blue wing coverts, a green speculum, and yellow legs. This appears to be a female.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.