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Musician Wren is fading from the Amazon rainforest, study says [Video]

The sound of the Musician Wren – a South American bird known for its tuneful whistle – is fading from the Amazon rainforest, a new study reveals. 

The species (cyphorhinus arada) is native to the Amazon, which is the world's largest rainforest at about 2.1 million square miles. 

But it's is now 'seldom seen' and has declined in numbers since field studies in the 1980s in areas that haven't even suffered deforestation or been directly impacted by humans. 

US researchers fear halting deforestation may not be enough to prevent the extinction of bird species like the Musician Wren that feed on forest floor-dwelling insects.

While the exact causes are unknown, the experts think it's possible that global climate change could be killing off the birds' prey.

Other threatened species previously found in abundance in the Amazon include the Wing-banded Antbird (myrmornis torquata), known for its specific foraging strategy of tossing …

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JOHN JOHN FLORENCE RELEASES TOKYO RISING [Video]

ASB MAGAZINE: Two-time world champion surferJohn John Florence, in partnership with Clif Bar, has released a new documentary film Tokyo Rising, through Amazon Prime Video.Tokyo Risingchronicles Florences 2019 professional surfing season and quest to earn a position on the inaugural Team USA Olympic surf team. With Kelly Slater on his heels, Florence is faced with a high-stakes decision five months after reconstructive surgery on his ACL. The battle for Olympic qualification comes down to the Pipe Masters on Oahus North Shore.

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