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A 140-year-old bird was found extinct


Audubon: Rare pigeon pheasant found, thought extinct for 140 years

A research team has rediscovered a bird that was thought to be extinct for 140 years. about that Gives information Audubon Magazine.

As specified, the search was conducted as part of the Lost Birds Project, a collaboration between BirdLife International, ReWild, and the American Bird Conservancy. The organization aims to rediscover more than 150 species of birds that have not been declared extinct, but have not been seen for at least ten years.

A rare black-haired partridge (Otidiphaps insularis) was found on Ferguson Island (it is endemic, meaning it lives only in this region) off the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The area of ​​the island is about 1500 square kilometers.

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The scientists set up camera traps around the region and one was placed on top of a mountain at an altitude of 975 meters above sea level in a densely forested area. Experts believed that this was not the best place, but a hunter from a local village said that it was there that he heard the cry of an animal, similar to the description emitted by pheasant-pigeons. After some time, researchers found two representatives at the same time on camera records, which were recorded by camera traps at a distance of several kilometers from each other.

Now Search for Lost Birds has called for necessary action to protect the endangered bird. Although Ferguson is an undeveloped island, logging operations sponsored by international corporations can pose a major threat to native species. In addition, predators such as feral cats can destroy both pigeon pheasants and other native animals.

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