Scientists from the American Bird Conservation Organization have once again discovered a rare bird belonging to the pheasant pigeon, from the pheasant or partridge family, which has not been recorded for almost 140 years.
Scientists set camera traps for this bird on Ferguson Island, Papua New Guinea, and the results showed black-necked pheasant pigeons (black humpback pheasant) and swaying in the pictures.
According to the American Bird Conservation Organization, the pheasant pigeon is a “large ground pigeon” with a “broad, laterally compressed tail” that lives only on an island off the east coast of Papua New Guinea.
The photographs and video of the bird represent the first time this bird has been scientifically documented since 1882.
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Viewing the images was “a dream moment of your life as a conservationist and ornithologist,” said John S. Mittermeier, director of the Lost Birds Program at the American Bird Conservancy and one of the scientific expedition leaders.
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“He was blown away by this image of this bird walking right next to the camera,” said Jordan Bursma, a research fellow at Cornell University and one of the leaders of the expedition team. The chance of being caught is less than 1%.
“This new discovery is an incredible sign of hope for other birds that have been lost for half a century or more,” said Christina Biggs, director of endangered species research at Re:wild, an environmental movement dedicated to helping nature heal itself.
Roger Safford, Director of the Extinction Prevention Program at BirdLife International, said: “In addition to the hope of finding other extinct species, the detailed information gathered by the team has laid the foundation for the conservation of this extremely rare bird, which should already be endangered. Other unique species from the island Ferguson.
Source: Science Alert