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Species thought to be extinct are reappearing in Colombia

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UAn extraordinary scientific (re)discovery. As indicated Guardian, an extremely rare hummingbird, has been rediscovered by an ornithologist in Colombia after being missing for more than a decade. The species in question, the Santa Marta swordfish, was last seen in 2010 and scientists feared the species was extinct.

Indeed, this specimen lives mainly in the Colombian mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, where most of the tropical forests that shelter it have been cleared for agriculture in the past ten years. The moment he was able to capture an image of the Santa Marta Wall, ornithologist Jürgen Vega was “overwhelmed with emotion” knowing he was living a historic moment in his career.

For good reason, this is only the third time that proof of the species’ existence has been officially established, after 1946 and 2010, when researchers took the first photos of the species in the wild.

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An endangered species

Expert John C., director of endangered species awareness at the American Bird Conservancy. Mittermeyer compared the Santa Marta saber to a “genuine ghost” as evidence of its rarity. Its species is also listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Enjoyed Jurgen Vega with our colleagues. “When I saw the hummingbird for the first time, I immediately thought about Santa Marta’s saber, but I couldn’t believe it. I was almost convinced that it was this species, but because I was emotional, I wanted to be careful,” he added, shocked by his discovery.

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