Madagascar Pochard rediscovered
From BirdLife news:
"The Madagascar Pochard, a diving duck last sighted in 1991 and feared ‘Possibly Extinct’, has been rediscovered during a survey in remote northern Madagascar.
"Conservationists from The Peregrine Fund Madagascar Project, discovered nine adults and four recently-hatched young on a remote lake, and have since revisited the site for further observations and data." ...
"The Madagascar Pochard Aythya innotata was until recently listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). The last pochard sighting was on Lake Alaotra in the Central Plateau of Madagascar in 1991 when a male was captured and kept in Antananarivo Zoological and Botanical Gardens until its death one year later. The lack of subsequent records despite intensive searches, and the intensity of threats to the species, had led to it being tagged as Possibly Extinct.
"The last record of multiple birds dates back to June 1960 when 20 birds were sighted on Lake Alaotra."
BirdLife suggest this provides hope for the other bird species currently listed by the IUCN Red List as Possibly Extinct.
[Full news posted to StrangeArk archive.]