Rare hummingbird last seen in 2010 rediscovered in Colombia | Environment

The rare hummingbird was rediscovered by a birdwatcher in Colombia after it went missing for more than a decade.

Sabring Santa Marta, a large hummingbird found only in the Colombian Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, was last seen in 2010, and scientists feared the species might become extinct as its tropical forests had been largely cleared for agricultural purposes.

But ornithologists celebrate the rediscovery Campylopterus phainopeplus after an experienced local birdwatcher captured one on camera. This is only the third time a species has been documented: the first was in 1946 and the second in 2010, when scientists took the first photos of the species in the wild.

Yurgen Vega, who spotted the hummingbird while working with the Selva conservation organizations, ProCAT Colombia and the World Parrot Trust to study endemic birds in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, said he felt “overwhelmed” when he saw the bird.

“The observation was a complete surprise,” he said. “When I first saw the hummingbird, I immediately thought about sabering Santa Marta. I couldn’t believe he was waiting there for me to take my camera out and start taking pictures. I was almost convinced it was a species, but because I felt so emotional I preferred to be careful; it could have been Lazuline saber, which is often confused with Santa Marta saber. But when we saw the pictures, we knew it was true. “

The Santa Marta Sawmill is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and Traits on the 10 Most Wanted list by the conservation organization Re: wild’s Search for Lost Birds, a worldwide attempt to find species that have not been seen in over 10 years. The bird is so rare and elusive that John C. Mittermeier, director of endangered species at the American Bird Conservancy, likened sighting to “ghost sight.”

The hummingbird that Vega saw was a male, recognized by its emerald green feathers, a light blue throat, and a curved black beak. He was placed on a branch, singing and singing, according to behavioral scientists, it is associated with courtship and defense of the territory.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia is home to a wealth of wildlife, including 24 species of birds not found anywhere else. But scientists estimate that only 15% of the forest in the mountains is intact. We hope that the unexpected sighting of Santa Marta sabers will help protect their remaining habitats, benefiting many of the different species found there.

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“This discovery confirms that we still know very little about many of the most sensitive and rare species and that more needs to be invested in understanding them better,” said Esteban Botero-Delgadillo, Selva Director of Conservation: Neotropics Conservation Research. “It is knowledge that drives action and change – you can’t keep what you don’t understand.

“The next step is to go out there and look for stable populations of this species, trying to better understand where it is found and what the most critical in situ threats are. Of course, this has to include people from local communities and local and regional environmental authorities so that we can start together a research and conservation program that can have a real impact. ‘

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