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‘Lost bird’ photographed for first time throughout science expedition in Africa


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KINSHASA, Congo – The yellow-crested helmetshrike is a species of hen categorized as a “misplaced hen” by the American Bird Conservancy, having not been noticed within the wild in practically twenty years till now. 

During a six-week expedition that ran from December 2023 to January 2024, deep within the mountains of the Republic of the Congo, researchers from the University of Texas at El Paso (UEP) discovered the hen and was in a position to seize the primary recorded photographs of the hen. 

“It was a mind-blowing expertise to return throughout these birds. We knew they may be potential right here, however I used to be not ready for the way spectacular and distinctive they would seem in life,” Michael Harvey, UTEP ornithologist who photographed the hen, stated. 

According to a press launch from UTEP, the crew stumbled throughout the hen on the slopes of a mountain. They discovered a flock of 18 helmetshrikes. 


Harvey stated the invention introduced solace to the crew who feared for the species’ well being. 

“This conjures up hope that maybe the species nonetheless has a fairly wholesome inhabitants within the distant forests of the area,” Harvey stated. “But mining and logging in addition to the clearing of forests for agriculture are making inroads deep into the forests of the Itombwe vary. We are in discussions with different researchers and conservation organizations to additional efforts to guard the area’s forests and the helmetshrike.”

The UTEP crew journeyed over 75 miles on foot by the Itombwe Massif, a spread of mountains positioned within the jap a part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. 

It’s identified for its rugged terrain, with peaks reaching over 9,800 ft. It can also be home to all kinds of plant and animal species, some discovered nowhere else on Earth. 

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