Nepal’s extinct bird spotted after disappearing for 178 years

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A team of bird-watchers stumbled upona bird that hasn’t been seen in eastern Nepal for almost 200 years.

The () hasn’t been spotted for 178 years and was thought to be locally extinct, according to Australian Geographic.

A group of ornithologists spotted the bird on a 10-day bird watching tour.

The red-faced liocichla (Liocichla phoenicea) hasn’t been spotted for 178 years and was thought to be locally extinct, according to Australian Geographic. Photo credit: Paulo Coteriano, Flickr

“We were excited when we first spotted a pair of red-faced liocichla in the forest,” Hem Sagar Baral, of the Zoological Society London and leader of the tour, told the Kathmandu Post. “The sighting of the bird after more than a century and a half has raised hopes of finding more such species that have not been sighted for a very long time.”

The bird-watching group originally saw just two red-faced liocichlas, but when they returned to the spot the next day, they saw eight birds, including a male-female pair, Australian Geographic reported.

“When we confirmed it was the red-faced liocichla we all felt so happy—we were so excited,” Tikaram Giri, a senior field ornithologist, said. “We never thought and never expected to see it so easily.”

Photo credit: Jason Thompson, Flickr

The red-faced liocichla is widely distributed throughout Vietnam, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Discoveries of species previously thought to be extinct are not uncommon, Australian Geographic said. Several species of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and plants have been rediscovered after years of no sightings.

Diana Fisher,University of Queensland fellow, said about a third of all mammals ever feared to be extinct have been rediscovered.

“There are large numbers of poorly known species around the world only known from a single museum specimen as well,” Fisher told Geographic. “So it is hard to know anything much about them or where they exist.”

Photo credit: Bob Du, Flickr

But there is still reason for the bird-watching group in Nepal to celebrate.

Nepal is home to 878 species of birds, 8 percent of the world’s known birds. Even with the abundance, a lot of the species are close to being labeled as .

“Nearly 20 percent of Nepal’s birds (167 species) are threatened with in the country including 37 species which are threatened on a global scale,” the Zoological Society London wrote.

Another 62 species are closing in on having a threatened status, the Weather Channel reported. Nine species are believed to be extinct in Nepal because they have not been spotted since the 19th century.

This article was first published by Ecowatch.com on 15 Jun 2106.

 

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Alan P Bruno

He SHOULD be red-faced! hiding for 2 centuries….

Kamal Kishore Srivastava

How come!

La Dorchee Sherpa

Same on about this report again and again for CHEAP Name and Fame for DOGY EXPERT. Reporting without knowing anything this Birds report in South east of Kathmandu valley in 1985 by Some well Known Japanese, So how it could be reported after 178 years??? EXPERT Cheat yourself but not to cheat others, i comment many times on this ISSUE, Even feeling SHAME on myself to for Comment on this.