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Camera trap records nearly extinct cuckoo bird in Sumatra

27 / 09 / 2017, Mongabaycom News

Park rangers in Indonesia said this week that they had photographed the nearly extinct Sumatran ground cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis) for the first time in a protected area in North Sumatra, the first time in 10 years that anyone has caught a glimpse of it. A camera trap in Batang Gadis National Park first captured the cuckoo last November at roughly 8.30 a.m., followed by another picture of the bird snapped about an hour later. Based on the recorded images, park officials and experts from Conservation International (CI), an NGO, identified the sighted bird as the Sumatran ground cuckoo, which is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. A camera trap captured the first appearance of the Sumatran ground cuckoo (Carpococcyx viridis) in a Sumatran national park. Photo courtesy of Batang Gadis National Park Agency & Conservation International. “This is the first time the Sumatran ground cuckoo was recorded in the national park,” Paul van Nimwegen, biodiversity conservation specialist at CI, wrote in an email. Van Nimwegen pointed out that the images showed the bird “foraging and sunning on the forest floor.” Endemic to Sumatra, the fowl — whose feathers are green and brown — was considered extinct until one was spotted in 1997 in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, which is located some 1,200 kilometers (745.65 miles) to south from the Batang Gadis National Park. A few unconfirmed sightings of the bird, whose declining population is estimated between 50 to 249 mature individuals, have since then been recorded until 2007,…

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