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The wattled smoky honeyeater, a species found only in the Foja Mountains of Indonesia, was officially named as a new species after an expedition to the remote region in June 2007.

Experts with Conservation International had first discovered the bird, along with dozens of other unusual species, on a 2005 trip to the Fojas.

"It's comforting to know that there is a place on Earth so isolated that it remains the absolute realm of wild nature," said expedition leader and CI vice president Bruce Beehler in a press statement.

"We were pleased to see that this little piece of Eden remains as pristine and enchanting as it was when we first visited."

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—Photograph by Bruce M. Beehler/Conservation International
 
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