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Shawn Billerman April 1, 2020
Early this year, the ornithological world was rocked when Frank Rheindt and colleagues published a paper in which they described five entirely new species of birds, and five new subspecies of birds, all from several small islands near Sulawesi, Indonesia (Rheindt et al. 2020).
Team BOW January 29, 2020
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