Ornithologists celebrate. A kind of hummingbird Endemic to Colombia and believed to be extinct, it was sighted by a researcher in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The last time he had been seen was in 2010. The experienced bird watcher who managed to photograph the animal said he was moved by the find.
Yurgen Vega was looking for parrots with several conservation organizations when he saw the bird. there was the hummingbird de Santa Marta, with its emerald green and electric blue feathers, perched on a branch, singing and vocalizing.
“The sighting was a complete surprise. when i saw the hummingbirdI immediately thought of him hummingbird from Santa Marta. I couldn’t believe I was waiting there so I could get my camera out and start photographing it,” Yurgen Vega told The Guardian. “I was almost convinced that it was that speciesbut since I was so excited, I preferred to be cautious,” he added.
When we saw the photos, we knew it was true.
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The hummingbird Santa Marta was documented only three times. The first, in 1946, the second, in 2010, when experts were able to photograph it for the first time in nature. The third, was the latter in July.
Because this species only lives in this mountain range in Colombia, and only 15% of the native forest remains intact, experts had thought that it might have become extinct. It is also present on the critical risk list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
For this reason, it is in the Top 10 of the Re:wild organization list that seeks to find species that have not been seen in more than 10 years. Now, the elusive bird has been seen and photographed in all its splendor, something that, in itself, is an achievement, since it is so rare and elusive that some even say that seeing the hummingbird Santa Marta is almost like seeing a ghost.