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“Black-Browed Babbler” rediscovered after 170 years

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Black-browed Babbler(Malacocincla perspicillata) has been rediscovered. It is spotted in southeastern Kalimantan, Borneo in Indonesia after 170 years.

About Black Browed Babbler:

  • Black Browed Babbler is a songbird species in the family of Pellorneidae.
  • The single specimen of the bird was first found between 1843 through 1848 during an expedition. However, after that, the species was never seen in the wild again.
  • Significance: The bird is known for the longest known missing period (170 years) for any Asian species. It is also often called ‘the biggest enigma in Indonesian ornithology’.
  • Features of the bird:
    • The upper parts of the bird were rich brown while the underparts up to the breast were greyish with fine white streaking.
    • The bird has a broad black eye stripe and the iris was found to be deep red. The legs are dark slate-grey.
  • IUCN Status: Data Deficient. However, IUCN says that the global population size of the bird has not been quantified, but the species is described as possibly extinct.

Source: Indian Express

 

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