A rare Peruvian bird has been featured in the winning shot of the 2012 World's Rarest Birds International Photo Competition.
The bird, a White-bellied Cinclodes, was shot by Dubi Shapiro, who won the award in the ‘Critically Endangered Birds’ competition. Shapiro also came in third with her shot of a Madagascar Pochard.
Meanwhile, Murray Cooper finished runner-up with a photo of a male Black-breasted Puffleg hummingbird from Ecuador.
The White-Bellied Cinclodes is a rare bird that lives in the high Andes regions of Peru. The bird, whose scientific name is Cinclodes palliatus, has seen a drop in population because of the destruction of its habitat, due to mining activities, Birdlife.org reported. According to estimates, there are less than 370 White-bellied Cinclodes in the world today.
The competition, which aimed to collect images of some of the most endangered birds around the globe, are part of ‘The World’s Rarest Birds,’ a new book published by Princeton WILDGuides.
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