The newly discovered bird, named after poet and novelist John Langdons, was found in a desert on the western side of the Great Barrier Reef.
The bird is named after John Langford Langdon, who lived in Queensland from 1876 until 1884.
In his poetry, Langdon often used metaphors such as “marching over a sand dune”, or “the wind blowing through a leaf”.
He was born in 1876 in the town of Kew, near Port Douglas.
The Queensland Museum of Nature and Science in Port Douglas said the bird was part of the species of “biodiversus” that includes the sand gull, the sand dunesquirrel and the sandpiper.
“Its not the first time we’ve had an Australian bird named after someone else,” curator Greg Wood said.
“The name comes from John Lang, who was an English poet and also a poet of the Pacific islands.”
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