“Disappeared” mouse thrush: bird species spotted again after 170 years

“Disappeared” mouse thrush
Bird species spotted again after 170 years

The black-brown mouse thrush is one of the greatest mysteries in ornithology: it was first described in 1848 – and never seen again afterwards. Researchers are now publishing images of the species believed to be lost. The professional world is enthusiastic.

A species of bird that was last seen in the rainforests of Borneo more than 170 years ago has been rediscovered. Two men found the black-browed mouse thrush in the Indonesian part of Borneo at the end of last year and took photos of it, as bird experts wrote in an article in the journal “BirdingASIA”. The bird was documented only once in 1848 and has not been tracked since then.

Ornithologists are therefore thrilled that the black-browed mouse thrush still exists and is not extinct. “It was a bit of a ‘Eureka!’ Moment,” said the article’s lead author, Panji Gusti Akbar. “This bird is often referred to as ‘the greatest mystery in Indonesian ornithology’.”

Little is known about the brown and gray feathered bird species that has been considered “disappeared” longer than any other Asian bird. Researchers hope to soon be able to return to the area in the rainforest where the bird was seen.

Worldwide, more than 150 species of birds are considered to have “disappeared” because there have been no confirmed sightings in the past ten years.

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