Iquitos Gnatcatchers aka Clements Gnatcatchers


Photo Wanted The Iquitos Gnatcatcher Polioptila clementsi is a gnatcatcher (Polioptilidae) described as new to science in 2005. The species is a member of the Polioptila guianensis complex.

It is currently only known from the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve, about 25 km west of Iquitos, in Peru.

This newly identified gnatcatcher is already at risk of extinction. According to Biologist Jose Alvarez of the Researching Institute of the Peruvian Amazonia (IIAP), only 30 of these birds still exist in the National Park. The threads to their existence is directly related to the deforestation in the range.

This bird is named after James F. Clements.


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