“It wasn’t until we reached villages on the western slope of Mt. Kilkerran that we started meeting hunters who had seen and heard the pheasant-pigeon,” Jason Gregg, conservation biologist and a co-leader of the team, said. “We became more confident about the local name of the bird, ‘Auwo,’ and felt like we were getting closer to the core habitat of where the black-naped pheasant-pigeon lives.”
Their efforts were not in vain, as they finally got a picture of the bird using a remote camera trap.
“When we collected the camera traps, I figured there was less than a one percent chance of getting a photo of the black-naped pheasant-pigeon,” Jordan Boersma, co-leader of the expedition group, noted. “Then as I was scrolling through the photos, I was stunned by this photo of this bird walking right past our camera.”