UBD to Study and Name New Bird Species

An elusive new species of bird has recently been spotted in Brunei Darussalam near the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) and the Ulu Ulu Resort in Ulu Temburong.

The bird is a spectacled flowerpecker with a distinctive white ring around its black eyes. Although the spectacled flowerpecker has been spotted and photographed a few times by ornithologists in other parts of Borneo, notably in Danum Valley in Sabah, it has never been collected for scientific study. The bird is most probably endemic to Borneo and a canopy specialist thus rarely seen and having evaded detection.

The Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) proposes to capture and collect for scientific study several individuals of this new species and give it a scientific name.

Once collected, the spectacled flowerpecker would be the first entirely new endemic bird to be formally described for Borneo in over 100 years. Its description from Ulu Temburong would entice numerous ornithologist from around the World to visit Brunei to catch a glimpse of this rare Bornean endemic bird thereby promoting Brunei as a high-value tourism destination.

The Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) continues UBD's long tradition of fostering and promoting biodiversity and environmental research, especially with the sizeable and varied diversity of plants and animals present in Brunei Darussalam. IBER fulfills its role by coordinating research, education and outreach activities of UBD's premier international field research facility, the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre (KBFSC) in Temburong. KBFSC has gained local and international recognition as a centre for tropical rainforest research and education in Borneo.

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