Sometimes nature makes species disappear. But sometimes they suddenly reappear. This is what happened. with this bird, which has only been observed only once and that was until now considered as an extinct species. Except that after 140 years without news, this rare bird has reappeared in Papua New Guinea.
“It's as if we had found a unicorn”
Indeed, this bird called pheasant-pigeon tanned neck could not be observed. only once 140 years ago. It was in 1882 on Ferguson Island in Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. The animal looked like a huge pigeon with a black tail and orange-red wings.
Scientists had nevertheless led expeditions to try to find him but he never gave any more. sign of life. During this expedition in 2019, the doing-pigeon at agrave; tanned neck remained invisible, but that does not mean that researchers have abandoned plan to find him.
So they again traveled to Ferguson Island and settled camera traps in a particularly dangerous environment due to the difficult access to the island. Despite a lot of patience, the scientists couldn't get any sign of life from this pigeon. However, two days before ending the expedition, tanned neck made a quick appearance on one of the cameras set in the forest.
Scientists no longer believed in it, and yet after 140 years, the bird showed up. a few seconds in an area with steep ridges and valleys. For the scientists present, this appearance is such that they had the impression of discovering a unicorn, as one of them explains in a press release.
At present, because of its rarity, ornithologists know very little about it. They don't know how many individuals still inhabit this island either. But what is certain is that the pheasant-pigeon disappeared 140 years ago. before returning to the delight of bird lovers.. these terrifying fish in Australia.