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Endangered cuckoo spotted in Indonesia


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#1    Ohelemapit

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 12:23 PM

Scientists trying to photograph wild tigers deep in the Indonesian jungle captured a glimpse of another endangered species instead the Sumatran ground cuckoo.

An Indonesian-British surveying team released rare images of the short, brown fowl, with black and green plumes, taken with a sensor-triggered, camera.

The bird, apparently startled by the flash, is seen gazing into the lens with spread wings.

"Finding the Sumatran ground cuckoo gives me hope, because it was photographed in disturbed forest that has been left to recover near the national park," said Dr. Matthew Linkie of the University of Kent in England.

The July spotting, near Kerinci Seblat National Park in central-west Sumarta, was the third known recording of the bird since 1916, a statement said. The bird's scientific name is Carpococcyx viridis.

"We've photographed rhinoceros hornbills and great argus pheasants before but when we found that we'd photographed a Sumatran ground cuckoo, we couldn't believe it," said field leader Yoan Dinata of Fauna & Flora International Indonesia.

The Sumatran rain forests contain some of the world's richest biodiversity but they are also among the world's most threatened forests, due mainly to illegal logging.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 12:41 PM

That's good news that we are keeping visual contact with these species...

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:28 PM

No picture?  sad.gif  The link is dead.

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:36 PM

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No picture?  sad.gif  The link is dead.


Here is a picture, I don't understand why the l;ink is dead, I tried putting it up again and got the same result "dead link" perhaps it is because it is a few pages into the news links?


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 01:43 PM

edit:  We posted at the same time LOL.  Thanks.  Pretty bird, wasn't what I expected.

Edited by Darkwind, 11 July 2006 - 01:47 PM.

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