Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

'Extinct' bird rediscovered after 170 years

Posted on Thursday, 4 March, 2021 | Comment icon 3 comments

The species had remained hidden for almost two centuries. Image Credit: M. Suranto
An extremely rare bird that hadn't been seen in almost two centuries has turned up again in Indonesia.
Known as the black-browed babbler, this incredibly elusive resident of Borneo in Indonesia was first described in the late 1840s when a single specimen was collected.

This solitary bird would remain the only known example of the species for almost two centuries.

It wasn't until October of last year, when Muhammad Suranto and Muhammad Rizky Fauzan came across a strange bird in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province, that this would change.

They captured it, took photographs, then released it back into the forest.

"I was confused when we got the pictures, because it looked a bit like the Horsfield's babbler, but it didn't really fit," said bird-watching group member Joko Said Trisiyanto.

Believing the bird to be a perfect match for illustrations of the long lost black-browed babbler, he forwarded the images along to ornithologist Panji Gusti Akbar.
When Akbar received them, he could barely contain his excitement.

Before long, word of the discovery had been passed around the ornithological community.

"It took me a while to come to grips with this thing," said bird conservationist Ding Li Yong.

"I had a tear in my eye. This is a really big deal for Indonesian ornithology - as shocking as rediscovering the passenger pigeon or Carolina parakeet, but this is closer to home, a bird from the part of the world I live in."

It is now hoped that the bird's discovery will help to attract more visitors to the region.

"Bird watchers from all over the world have already started contacting me about the possibility of visiting and seeing this bird," said Akbar.

Source: New York Times | Comments (3)

Tags: Bird

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Myles on 25 February, 2021, 16:52
This is pretty cool. I hope they didn't catch 1 of the last 2 on Earth. Now for the bad news: Believers of the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot will claim that this proves that the creatures could exist without being proven.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Mr.United_Nations on 26 February, 2021, 14:08
Its possible more unknown bird species could be found as there isn't much data in the region
Comment icon #3 Posted by Jon the frog on 4 March, 2021, 14:07
They didn't find the bird†in downtown Washington, DC... Bigfoot, a big animal have nowhere to hide in America...

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
60yrs on - Yuri Gagarin: the first man in space
On April 12th, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human ever to venture into outer space.
'World's largest rabbit' stolen from garden
An enormous record-breaking rabbit has been stolen from its enclosure in Worcestershire, England.
Genetic tests - do you really have viking DNA ?
Genetic ancestry tests are very popular these days - but just how accurate and meaningful are the results ?
Eerie note discovered in charity shop jacket
A woman who was about to buy a red coat from a charity shop found a rather unnerving note inside its pocket.
Stories & Experiences
The voice of something not human
11-17-2020 | Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles
Shadow figure demon ?
11-14-2020 | USA
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas

         More stories | Send us your story
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2021
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ