Bird Thought To Be Extinct Re-Discovered By Peregrine Fund Biologists

Bird Thought To Be Extinct Re-Discovered By Peregrine Fund Biologists
Biologists for The Peregrine Fund recently discovered the Madagascar Pochard, a medium-sized diving duck that was considered extinct by many until this recent sighting.

The National Director for The Peregrine Fund’s Madagascar Project, Lily-Arison Rene de Roland, and field biologist, Thé Seing Sam, discovered the rare bird while conducting avian surveys in a remote part of northern Madagascar.

"It's a very important find as far as the natural history of Madagascar," Madagascar and West Indies Projects Director Russell Thorstrom tells CBS 2 News.

The two scientists say they found nine adults and four juveniles that appeared to be about two-weeks-old.

"It's a good sign that we found males and females but also females that are producing young," Thorstrom says.

The Fund says the two biologists have returned to Madagascar for more conduct more observations.

“This is an exciting discovery that strengthens our conviction that putting well-trained biologists into the field to learn about species is critical for conservation success,” said Rick Watson, International Programs Director for The Peregrine Fund.

The bird is one of the country's most rare and endangered species. The last time someone say the bird was in 1991 near Lake Aleatory, that's near the central plateau f Madagascar. The single male was captured and kept in a zoo and botanical garden till its death a year later.

The Peregrine Fund is working with the Madagascar government to help with species conservation and restoration in an effort to bring the bird back from near extinction.

Biologists with The Peregrine Fund have re-discovered two other species in the past. The Madagascar Red Owl and the Madagascar Serpent Eagle were spotted, photographed, and tagged by those biologists.