Jan 5, 2016 by Natali Anderson
A small warbler from China, a cryptic species of owl from the Middle East, and a tiny tapaculo from South America are just three of the incredible bird species discovered in 2015.
1. Sichuan bush warbler (Locustella chengi) from China:
The Sichuan bush warbler belongs to Locustellidae, a family of insectivorous songbirds.
Image credit: Per Alström et al.
It is a relatively small bird with an average length of 13 cm and weight of 10 g. The wing length is 5.5 cm, and the tail is 5.7 cm long.
This new bird is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its preferred habitat is dense brush and tea plantations.
According to scientists, it is endemic to China, breeding in Shaanxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Hubei and northwest Hunan, with a single record from NW Jiangxi.