Lost Pigeon Species Rediscovered in Papua New Guinea
Conakry, 27 Nov (ONA) --- It has been 140 years since scientists identified the black-naped pheasant pigeon in the mountainous tropical forests of Papua New Guinea’s Fergusson Island. Since then, the chicken-sized bird has been so elusive from detection.
Now, it has been finally re-sighted — and captured it on camera for the first time ever — with just hours to spare on a scientific expedition aimed at finding the long-lost bird.
Researchers are hailing the sighting as a “re-discovery” of a bird that is likely New Guinea’s most endangered, and they say they never could have accomplished it without the help of Indigenous communities.