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New Rote bird species to be named after First Lady

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Jakarta  /  Mon, October 30, 2017  /  04:39 pm
New Rote bird species to be named after First Lady

First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo greets people during her arrival at an event on Nov. 24, 2016 in Klaten, Central Java. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

A newfound bird species on East Nusa Tenggara's Rote Island is to be named after First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, according to a report by

"I'm visiting the Presidential Palace today to report to the President that we have discovered a new bird [species] on Rote Island, and to ask for permission to name it after the First Lady," Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said on Monday at the palace compound.

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Siti added that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had responded positively to the plan and the scientific name of the bird species discovered by Dewi M. Prawiradilaga, an Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) researcher, would soon be announced publicly.

According to the information received by, the new species is part of the Meliphagidae family and will be named Myzomela Irianae. The bird will protected under Government Regulation (PP) No. 7/1999 and Law No. 5/1990 on Nature and Ecosystem Conservation.

Among the characteristics of the brown-eyed bird are that it weighs 32.23 grams, has a body length of 17.2 centimeters, has a 1.79 cm-long beak, a 3.7 cm tail and feet of 1.67 cm each. It has a black beak, feet, claws and chest, and a blood-red throat from the chest to the head. (kes)

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