Researchers Spot Bird Not Seen In Over 140 Years

A man walks on the beach of Kerema, Papua New Guinea, on September 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The critically endangered black-naped pheasant-pigeon was observed by researchers in 1882.
  • The bird exists in the rugged, 500-square-mile Fergusson Island off the coast of southeast Papua New Guinea.
  • The species’ population is undetermined, but it is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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