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This Bird that Came Back From Extinction

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Channel: Great Big Story
Categories: Environmental   |   Science  
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The Pava Aliblanca is a slender black bird with a black tipped beak and nine large white flight feathers at the ends of its wings. It was first discovered in 1877, but after several research expeditions with no sightings, the Pava Aliblanca was declared extinct by the scientific community. After almost a century of being technically considered extinct, the Pava Aliblanca was rediscovered in 1977, in Lambayeque, Peru. Since then, avoiding the actual extinction of the Pava Aliblanca has become a concern for conservation experts. The bird only inhabits the dry Andean forests of northwestern Peru with less than 250 known specimens of this species, they are classified as critically endangered.


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