New species of bird from china discovered by international research team

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, together with colleagues from China, the USA, the UK and Vietnam, have described a new species of bird from central China.

Locustella chengi. Foto: Per Alström

Locustella chengi. Foto: Per Alström

The bird, which has been given the name Sichuan bush warbler and the scientific name Locustella chengi, is related to the Swedish common grasshopper warbler as well as the river warbler and Savi’s warbler, which are less common in Sweden.

They breed in mountainous areas between a height of 1,000 and 2,300 metres, where they are found in thick herbaceous vegetation and bushes. Like their Swedish cousins, they are very shy and hard to spot. They are mostly recognised due to their distinctive and extremely simple song.
The Sichuan bush warbler is fairly numerous locally, and its habitat is not threatened, so its preservation status appears to be favourable. The species has previously been overlooked due to its similarity to the russet bush warbler and its secluded Lifestyle.