Extinct animal Jerdon's babbler rediscovered

Extinct Animal Jerdon's Babbler Rediscovered
Extinct Animal Jerdon's Babbler Rediscovered

It's not often that an animal thought extinct, appears once again in the wild.

But that's what happened to a tiny brown bird.

In 1862, pioneering ornithologist, Thomas C. Jerdon, was the first to describe Jerdon's babbler in the tall grasslands of Myanmar.

The bird, about the size of a house sparrow, was last seen in July 1941.

Then, in May, 2014, a team of scientists heard the babbler's distinctive call near Udo, in Myanmar's Yangon region.

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Several more Jerdon's dabblers were seen in the patches of tall grass, the site of an abandoned agricultural research station.

Much of the bird's grassland habitat has given way to rice paddies, and the area is one of the most densely populated in Myanmar.

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