Lost for over a decade, a rare hummingbird has been rediscovered by Colombian birdwatchers.
The Santa Marta Sabre, a large hummingbird found only in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains, was last sighted in 2010, but scientists believe the rainforests it once lived in have been replaced by agriculture. It was feared that the species might become extinct because it was almost cut down.
But ornithologists are celebrating its rediscovery. Campylopterus phinopeplus After being captured on camera by an experienced local birdwatcher. This is the third time this species has been recorded. The first is his 1946, and the second is his 2010, when researchers took the first photograph of the species in the wild.
Jürgen Vega, who discovered the hummingbird while working with conservation groups Selva, Procat Colombia, and the World Parrot Trust to research endemic birds in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, saw the bird. “I was thrilled,” he said.
“The sighting was a complete surprise,” he said. “When I first saw a hummingbird, I immediately thought of the saber of Santa Marta. I couldn’t believe I was waiting to get my camera out and start filming. But I was overwhelmed with emotion, so I preferred to be cautious.It may have been the Lazrin’s serving ring, which is often confused with the Santa Marta’s serving ring.But looking at the picture, It turned out to be true.”
The Santa Marta sabrewing is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is on the top 10 “Most Wanted” list of the conservation organization Re:wild’s Search for Lost Birds . Seen for over 10 years. The bird is so rare and elusive that John C. Mittermaier, director of endangered species outreach for the American Bird Conservation Society, likened the sighting to “seeing a ghost.”
The hummingbird Vega saw was a male, identified by its emerald green plumage, bright blue throat, and curved black bill. Scientists believe it is associated with perching on branches and vocal singing, courtship and territorial protection.
Northern Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to abundant wildlife, including 24 species of birds found nowhere else. But scientists estimate that only 15% of his mountain forest is intact. It is hoped that the surprise sighting of the Santa Marta Servling will help protect the remaining habitat and benefit the many different species there.
“This discovery confirms how little we still know about many of the most vulnerable and rare species, and it is imperative that we invest more in better understanding them,” said Selva Conservation. Scientific Director Esteban Botero Delgadillo said. For conservation in the Neotropics. “Knowledge drives action and change. You can’t store what you don’t understand.
“The next step is to go out and look for stable populations of this species and try to better understand where it occurs and what the most significant threats are in those places. This requires the involvement of people in local communities and local and regional environmental authorities, so together we can initiate research and conservation programs that can have a real impact.”