List of bird species described in the 2000s

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This page details the bird species described as new to science in the years 2000 to 2010:

Summary statistics[edit]

Number of species described per year[edit]

Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number of new species described 5 8 6 3 6 6 5 6 7 5

Countries with high numbers of newly described species[edit]

The birds, year-by-year[edit]


Coopmans, P. & Krabbe, N. (2000) A new species of flycatcher (Tyrannidae: Myiopagis) from eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru Wilson Bulletin 112: 305-312
Whitney, B.M.; Pacheco, J.F.; Buzzetti, D.R.C. & Parrini, R. (2000) Systematic revision and biogeography of the Herpsilochmus pileatus complex, with description of a new species from northeastern Brazil Auk 117: 869-891
Rasmussen, P.C.; Round, P.D.; Dickinson, E.C. & Rozendaal, F.G. (2000) A new bush-warbler (Sylviidae, Bradypterus) from Taiwan The Auk 117: 279-289
O'Neill, Lane, Kratter, Capparella & Fox Joo, 2000.
Young, Braun, Oyler-McCance, Hupp & Quinn, 2000.

Newly split species:

Zimmer, Kevin J. & Whittaker, Andrew (2000): The Rufous Cacholote (Furnariidae: Pseudoseisura) is two species. Condor 102(2): 409-422. PDF fulltext


Kennedy, Robert S.; Fisher, Timothy H.; Harrap, Simon C.B.; Diesmos, Arvin C: & Manamtam, Arturo S. (2001): A new species of woodcock from the Philippines and a re-evaluation of other Asian/Papuasian woodcock Forktail 17(1): 1-12. PDF fulltext
Duckworth, J.W.; Alström, P.; Davidson, P.; Evans, T.D.; Poole, C.M.; Tan, S. & Timmins, R.J. (2001) A new species of wagtail from the lower Mekong basin Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 121: 152-182
Eames, JC & Eames, C, 2001.
Cuervo, Andres, Salaman, P., Donegan, T.M. & Ochoa, J.M. 2001. A new species of piha (Cotingidae: Lipaugus) from the Cordillera Central of Colombia. Ibis 143: 353–368.
  • Chapada flycatcher, Suiriri islerorum, from the cerrado region of Brazil and adjacent eastern Bolivia.
Zimmer, K.J.; Whittaker, A. & Oren, D.C. (2001): A cryptic new species of flycatcher (Tyrannidae: Suiriri) from the cerrado region of central South America Auk 118: 56-78
  • Mishana tyrannulet, Zimmerius villarejoi, from Amazonian 'white sand forests' in northern Peru.
Alonso, J.A. & Whitney, B.M. (2001) A new Zimmerius tyrannulet (Aves: Tyrannidae) from white sand forests of northern Amazonian Peru Wilson Bulletin 113: 1-9
Johnson, N.K. & Jones, R.E. (2001) A new species of tody-tyrant (Tyrannidae: Poecilotriccus) from northern Peru Auk 118: 334-341.


Gaban-Lima, Renato; Raposo, Marcos A. & Höfling, Elizabeth (2002): Description of a New Species of Pionopsitta (Aves: Psittacidae) Endemic to Brazil. Auk 119(3): 815–819. DOI:10.1642/0004-8038(2002)119[0815:DOANSO]2.0.CO;2 PDF fulltext
  • Cryptic forest falcon, Micrastur mintoni, from Brazil. Whittaker 2003 WilsonBull.(2002) 114 p. 421,422, front. Note: This falcon was first reported in 2002; the name was not issued until the following year.
  • Kimberley pipit Anthus pseudosimilis, Liversidge & Voelker 2002 BBOC 122 p. 93 (Motacillidae)
  • Little Sumba boobook, Ninox sumbaensis, from Indonesia.
Olsen, Jerry; Wink, Michael; Sauer-Gürth, Hedi & Trost, Susan (2002): A new Ninox owl from Sumba, Indonesia. Emu 102: 223-231. doi:10.1071/MU02006 PDF fulltext

Carajas woodcreeper, Xiphocolaptes carajaensis. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club.

Newly split species

Reference for the Xiphorhynchus splits: Aleixo, Alexandre (2002): Molecular Systematics and the Role of the "Várzea"-"Terra-Firme" Ecotone in the Diversification of Xiphorhynchus Woodcreepers (Aves: Dendrocolaptidae). Auk 119(3): 621-640. DOI: 10.1642/0004-8038(2002)119[0621:MSATRO]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract


(see above) Micrastur mintoni, first described in 2003.

Reference: Salaman, Paul, Paul Coopmans, Thomas M. Donegan, Mark Mulligan, Alex Cortés, Steven L. Hilty and Luis Alfonso Ortega (2003) A new species of wood-wren (Troglodytidae: Henicorhina) from the western Andes of Colombia Ornitologia Colombiana Vol. 1 pp.4-21
  • The Okarito brown kiwi, Apteryx rowi, (also known as the Rowi) is a member of the kiwi family (Apterygidae). The species is part of the brown kiwi complex, and is morphologically very similar to other members of that complex. It is found in a restricted area of the Okarito forest on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, and has a population of only 200 birds.
Reference: Tennyson, A. J. D., R. L. Palma, H. A. Robertson, T. H. Worthy and B. J. Gill (2003) A new species of kiwi (Aves, Apterygiformes) from Okarito, New Zealand Records of the Auckland Museum Vol. 40 pp.55-64

Xenoperdix udzungwensis obscurata Fjeldsa & Kiure 2003 BBOC 123 p. 53. This was originally described as a subspecies. Its status as a species separate from X. udzungwensis was recognized 2005: Journal of East African Natural History Article: pp. 191–201, "GENETIC AND MORPHOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR TWO SPECIES IN THE UDZUNGWA FOREST PARTRIDGE XENOPERDIX UDZUNGWENSIS". Rauri C.K. Bowiea, Jon Fjeldsa.


  • The Serendib scops-owl, Otus thilohoffmanni, is a small, rufous owl (Strigidae) found in lowland rainforests in Sri Lanka. The new species was discovered in February 1995, when Deepal Warakagoda heard unfamiliar owl-like vocalisations, although it was not until January 2001, when Warakagoda saw the bird, that his suspicions were confirmed; other observers had suggested that an arboreal amphibian may have been the source of the noises. The name "Serendib" is an old name for Sri Lanka; the species' scientific name, however, honours conservationist Thilo W. Hoffmann.
Warakagoda, D.H. & Rasmussen, P.C. (2004) A new species of scops-owl from Sri Lanka Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club Vol. 124 pp. 85-105
  • The Togian hawk-owl, Ninox burhani, is an owl (Strigidae). The bird is known only from three islands in the Togian group, an archipelago in the Gulf of Tomini off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The new species was discovered on 25 December 1999. The species' scientific name honours a local conservationist called Burhan.
Indrawan, M. & Somadikarta, S. (2004) A new hawk-owl from the Togian Islands, Gulf of Tomini, central Sulawesi, Indonesia Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 124:160-171
  • The Rubeho akalat, Sheppardia aurantiithorax, is a member of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapiidae), known from the Eastern Arc of Tanzania. Akalats trapped in 1989 here were assumed to be an isolated population of Iringa akalat which occurs c. 150 km to the south, but further specimens collected in 2000 led to the description of the bird as a new species. The bird's English name relates to its type locality; the scientific name to the ochraceous colour on its throat and upper breast. The species is thought to be fairly common in montane forests within its small range.
Beresford, P.; Fjeldså, J. & Kiure, J. (2004) A new species of akalat (Sheppardia narrowly endemic in the Eastern Arc of Tanzania) Auk 121:23-24
Whitney, Bret M.; Oren, David C. & Brumfield, Robb T. (2004): A new species of Thamnophilus Antshrike (Aves: Thamnophilidae) from the Serra do Divisor, Acre, Brazil. Auk 121(4): 1031-1039. DOI:10.1642/0004-8038(2004)121[1031:ANSOTA]2.0.CO;2 HTML fulltext without images
  • The Calayan rail, Gallirallus calayanensis, is a member of the rail family (Rallidae) found only on Calayan Island, one of the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines. It was discovered in 2004 as part of a faunal survey of the Babuyan islands. It is found in limestone forests on the island.
Allen, Desmond; Oliveros, Carl; Espaňola, Carmela; Broad, Genevieve & Gonzalez, Juan Carlos T. (2004) A new species of Gallirallus from Calayan island, Philippines Forktail Vol. 20 pp. 1-7
Sangster, G. & Rozendaal, F. (2004) Territorial songs and species-level taxonomy of nightjars of the Caprimulgus macrurus complex, with the description of a new species. Zoologische Verhandelingen (Leiden) Vol. 350 pp. 7-45 PDF


  • The sulphur-breasted parakeet, Aratinga pintoi, (a member of the parrot family, Psittacidae) is found along the northern bank of the lower River Amazon in Pára state, Brazil. The species' scientific name honours Oliverio Pinto, a Brazilian ornithologist. This species was discovered as a result of a study of museum specimens of sun parakeet and related species; specimens of this species had been dismissed as immature parakeets of other species, or hybrids.
Silviera, L.; de Lima, F.C.T. & Höfling, E. (2005) A new species of Aratinga parakeet (Psittaciformes:Psittacidae) from Brazil, with taxonomic remarks on the Aratinga solstitialis complex Auk 122:292-305
  • The Upper Magdalena tapaculo, Scytalopus rodriguezi, (a member of the tapaculo family, Rhinocryptidae) is a restricted-range endemic presently known only from two localities on the eastern slope of the Cordillera Central at the head of the Magdalena valley, Colombia at 2000m or more above sea-level. Its range is believed to be no greater than 170 km², and its population around 2,200 pairs. It is found in humid forest with dense understorey. The species' scientific name honours José Vicente Rodriguez Mahecha, a Colombian conservationist. The existence of this species was first suspected in 1986, when a tape-recording of the bird's song was made, but political instability in the region prevented a return visit until 2002-2003, when the species' existence was confirmed.
Krabbe, N.; Salaman, P.; Cortés, A.; Quevedo, A.; Ortega, L.A. & Cadena, C.D. (2005) A new species of tapaculo from the upper Magdalena valley, Colombia Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 125:93-108
  • Stiles's tapaculo, Scytalopus stilesi, is the second member of the tapaculo family, Rhinocryptidae, to be newly described in 2005. It has been found at 21 sites in montane forest between 1,420 and 2,130 m altitude in the northern Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes; although having a restricted range, within this limited area it is a common understorey bird. The species was originally observed in the 1990s, but when Niels Krabbe examined recordings of their songs, his suspicions arose that they were a new species — Stiles's tapaculo's song is considerably faster and lower-pitched than that of the closely related Ecuadorian tapaculo S. robbinsi. The species is named in honour of F. Gary Stiles, an ornithologist heavily involved in research on Neotropical birds during the 1980s & 1990s.
Cuervo, Andrés M.; Cadena, Carlos Daniel; Krabbe, Niels & Renjifo, Luis Miguel (2005): Scytalopus stilesi, a new species of tapaculo (Rhinocryptidae) from the Cordillera Central of Colombia. Auk 122(2): 445-463. [English with Spanish abstract] DOI:10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[0445:SSANSO]2.0.CO;2 PDF fulltext
Whitney, Bret M. & Alonso, José Alvarez (2005) A new species of Gnatcatcher from white-sand forests of northern Amazonian Peru, with revision of the Polioptila guianensis complex The Wilson Bulletin Vol. 117 No. 2 pp. 113-127
Rappole, John H.; Renner, Swen C.; Shwe, Nay Myo & Sweet, Paul R. (2005): A new species of scimitar-babbler (Timaliidae: Jabouilleia) from the sub-Himalayan region of Myanmar Auk 122(4): 1064-1069. [English with Spanish abstract] DOI:[10.1642/0004-8038(2005)122[1064:ANSOST]2.0.CO;2 HTML abstract
Mauricio, Giovanni Nachtigall (2005): Taxonomy of southern populations in the Scytalopus speluncae group, with description of a new species and remarks on the systematics and biogeography of the complex (Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae). Ararajuba 13(1): 7-28. PDF fulltext


Reference LeCroy, M. & F.K. Barker (2006) A new species of bush-warbler from Bougainville Island and a monophyletic origin for southwest Pacific Cettia. American Museum Novitates no. 3511 Amer. Mus. Novit.
Arndt, T. (2006) [4]
an Old World babbler from India.
Athreya, R. (2006) "A new species of Liocichla (Aves: Timaliidae) from Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India" Indian Birds 2(4): 82-94 [5]
  • Scytalopus notorius Raposo, MA, Stopiglia, Loskot & Kirwan 2006 Zootaxa 1271 p. 44. A new name for the relatively well known mouse-coloured tapaculo, as the typically used name, Scytalopus speluncae, apparently belong to another species which had been considered undescribed.

See also[edit]

Atlapetes latinuchus yariguierum Donegan, TM & Huertas 2006 BBOC 126 p. 98


  • Sincorá antwren, Formicivora grantsaui (Thamnophilidae) Gonzaga, Carvalhaes & Buzzetti 2007 Zootaxa 1473 p. 25,28
  • Gorgeted puffleg, Eriocnemis isabellae hummingbird, Trochilidae Cortes, A, Ortega, LA, Mazariegos-Hurtado & Weller 2007 Orn.Neotrop. 18 no.2 p. 161,162. The validity of this species was questioned briefly (see, but only until the strikingly plumaged female became known.
  • Rufous twistwing, Cnipodectes superrufus: Lane, D., G. P. Servat, T. Valqui H., & F. R. Lambert. 2007. A distinctive new species of Tyrant flycatcher (Passerifomer: Tyrannidae: Cnipodectes) from south-eastern Peru. Auk. 124(3): 762–772.
  • Antioquia brush-finch, Atlapetes blancae: Donegan, T.M. 2007. A new species of brush finch (Emberizidae: Atlapetes) from the northern Central Andes of Colombia . Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 127(4): 255–268
  • Diamantina tapaculo, Scytalopus diamantinensis: Bornschein, M. R., G. N. Maurício, R. Belmonte-Lopes, H. Mata & S. L. Bonatto. 2007. Diamantina tapaculo, a new Scytalopus endemic to the Chapada Diamantina, northeastern Brazil (Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae). Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 15(2):151-174.
  • Grey-crowned tyrannulet, Serpophaga griseicapilla: Straneck, R. 2007. Una nueva especie de Serpophaga (Aves Tyrannidae). Revista FAVE - Ciencias Veterinarias 6 (1-2): 31-42.

Newly split species

Reference Cleere et al., (2007) A new genus of frogmouth (Podargidae) from the Solomon Islands - results from a taxonomic review of Podargus ocellatus inexpectatus Hartert 1901 Ibis 149 (2), 271–286. [6]


  • Nonggang babbler, Stachyris nonggangensis: Zhou Fang & Jiang Aiwu (2008). A new species of babbler (Timaliidae: Stachyris) from the Sino-Vietnamese border region of China. Auk 125(2): 420–424.
  • Yungas tyrannulet, Phyllomyias weedeni: Herzog, Kessler & Balderrama. (2008). A new species of tyrannulet (Tyrannidae: Phyllomyias) from Andean foothills in northwest Bolivia and adjacent Peru. Auk 125(2): 265-276.
  • Olive-backed forest robin, Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus: Schmidt, Foster, Angehr, Durrant & Fleischer (2008). A new species of African Forest Robin from Gabon (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae: Stiphrornis). Zootaxa 1850: 27–42 [7]
  • Monteiro's storm-petrel, Oceanodroma monteiroi: Monteiro's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma monteiroi: a new species from the Azoresby: MARK Bolton, Andrea L Smith, Elena Gomez-Diaz, Vicki L Friesen, Renata Medeiros, JOEL Bried, Jose L Roscales, Robert W Furness Ibis, Vol. 150, No. 4. (October 2008), pp. 717–727
  • Vanikoro white-eye, Zosterops gibbsi: A new species of White-eye Zosterops and notes on other birds from Vanikoro, Solomon Islands by: GUY Dutson Ibis, Vol. 150, No. 4. (October 2008), pp. 698–706.
  • Togian white-eye, Zosterops somadikartai: Mochamad Indrawan, Pamela C. Rasmussen, and Sunarto (2008) "A New White-Eye (Zosterops) from the Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia" The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120(1): 1-9
  • Amazon red-fronted parakeet, Pyrrhura parvifrons: Arndt, T. (2008). Anmerkungen zu einigen Pyrrhura-Formen mit der Beschreibung einer neuen Art und zweier neuer Unterarten. Papageien 8/2008.


  • Bare-faced bulbul, Pycnonotus hualon: Woxvold, I. A., J. W. Duckworth, & R. J. Timmins (2009). An unusual new bulbul (Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae) from the limestone karst of Lao PDR. Forktail 25: 1-12.
  • Rubeho warbler, Sceptomycter rubehoensis: Bowie, R.C.K., J. Fjeldså, & J. Kiure (2009). Multilocus molecular DNA variation in Winifred's Warbler Scepomycter winifredae suggests cryptic speciation and the existence of a threatened species in the Rubeho–Ukaguru Mountains of Tanzania. Ibis 151(4): 709-719.
  • South Hills crossbill, Loxia sinesciurus: Benkman, C.W.; Smith, J.W.; Keenan, P.C.; Parchman, T.L.; Santisteban, L. (2009). "A new species of Red Crossbill (Fringillidae: Loxia) from Idaho". The Condor. 111 (1): 169–176. doi:10.1525/cond.2009.080042.
  • Río Orinoco spinetail, Synallaxis beverlyae: Hilty, S.L.; Ascanio, D. (2009). "A New Species of Spinetail (Furnariidae: Synallaxis) from the Río Orinoco of Venezuela". Auk. 126 (3): 485–492. doi:10.1525/auk.2009.08036.
  • Black-capped woodnymph, Thalurania nigricapilla: Valdés-Velásquez, A.; Schuchmann, K.L. (2009). "A new species of hummingbird (Thalurania; Trochilidae, Trochilinae) from the western Colombian Andes". Ornithologisher Anzeiger. 48: 143–149.

Described in this period, no longer thought to be good species[edit]

Imber & Tennyson, 2001.
  • Beijing flycatcher Ficedula beijingnica, now considered to be the first-year male of the Chinese flycatcher Ficedula elisae
Reference: Zheng, G, Song, J, Zhang, Z, Zhang, Y, & Guo, D (2000) A new species of flycatcher (Ficedula) from China (Aves: Passeriformes: Muscicapidae) Journ Beijing Normal Univ (Nat Sci) 36: 405-409