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Feb 8, 2017

Newly discovered frog sounds like a bird

Photo by Seshadri KS / Birdlife / Research Matters
Scientists mistake frog for a bird
Pictured above is a Karaavali Skitterling Frog, a hitherto unknown species recently discovered on the coastal plains of Karnataka, India.  The story goes that when this frog gave its call, nearby scientific observers, invited to the area, looked up to see a bird, instead of looking down to see a frog. 
Apparently, this newly-discovered frog had a very similar sound to a White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) (seen at right), which just happens to be the State Bird of West Bengal.
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Photo by Shantanu Kuveskar

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