Dubbed the Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), the wren-sized creature has a red cap, gray-to-olive wings, and a black throat. It joins the Cambodian laughingthrush as the only bird species unique to Cambodia, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), whose scientists helped make and describe the find online in the Oriental Bird Club's journal Forktail.
While the laughingthrush is only found in the remote Cardamom Mountains in the southwest part of the country, the tailorbird prefers the city of 1.5 million. The noisy new species was found in dense, humid lowland scrub in Phnom Penh and other sites in the floodplain where the Tonle Sap, Mekong and Bassac Rivers come together, according to WCS officials.
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