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After 14 years, the black-nosed pheasant-pigeon was found again in Papua New Guinea

The expedition was the first ever camera research conducted on Ferguson Island. On the slopes of Mount KilkerranFerguson’s highest mountain, and has deployed an additional eight cameras in locations where local hunters have reported seeing pheasant pigeons in the past

But the breakthrough for the expedition came when local hunter Augustine Gregory learned where the elusive bird might be. Gregory reported several sightings of the pheasant pigeon in an area with steep ridges and valleys and described hearing the bird’s distinctive calls similar to other species of pheasant pigeons.

His leadership proved decisive as the expedition team, as the camera was located on a ridge at an altitude of 3,200 feet about Kwame River over Duda Ununa eventually recorded a Black-nosed Pheasant Pigeon strolling through the forest floor two days before the team was due to leave the island.

“The communities were very excited when they saw the results of the survey because many people had not seen or heard of the bird until we started our project and received the camera trap photos,” said Serena Ketaloa, a conservationist from Papua New Guinea. “Now they’re looking forward to working with us to try to protect the pigeon pheasant.”

https://www.farminglife.com/read-this/black-naped-pheasant-pigeon-long-lost-bird-rediscovered-in-papua-new-guinea-140-years-after-its-last-sighting-3927514 After 14 years, the black-nosed pheasant-pigeon was found again in Papua New Guinea

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