Lost and Found: Brazil’s Blue-eyed ‘Ghost Species’

Last June, driving through a rural part of Minas Gerais state, ornithologist Rafael Bessa came across an unusually beautiful stretch of cerrado, the vast, diverse savanna that sprawls across much of central Brazil. So appealing was this landscape that Bessa, an ornithologist working on an environmental assessment in the area, decided to get out and have a look around.

Though he saw nothing of particular note, he heard a song he didn’t recognize. Perplexed, Bessa returned to the same sceni

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