This New Parrot Species Sounds Like a Hawk

A new study says the bright, noisy bird have escaped notice in Mexico's Yucatán forests—but parrot experts are skeptical.

Editor's Note: On September 12, 2017, PeerJ issued a correction to this study, clarifying that Tony Silva is a private researcher and this work was not sponsored by the University of Florida in Miami, as was stated in the paper. In the May 2018 issue of Zootaxa, three scientists presented arguments against the discovery of the blue-winged Amazon as a new species. The authors include several reasons, including the fact the scientists who claimed the discovery never visited the study area, nor did they verify the two specimens came from a wild population.

For decades, countless bird lovers have scoured the Yucatán Peninsula on a quest for rare species. Now it appears they all missed one—and a bright and noisy one at that.

A parrot with paint-box colors and a voice like a hawk’s has been discovered in the Yucatán in Mexico, according to a new study. Christened the blue-winged Amazon, it was completely unknown to science until a few years ago.

That makes it an oddity: New parrot species named in recent years tend to be subspecies later promoted to full species status, often as a result of DNA tests. (Read about the loss of a blue parrot that was the last of its kind.)

”This is, without a doubt,

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