Hummingbird species thought to be extinct found in Colombia mountains

March 19, 2015 8:51 PM

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But biologists in Colombia recently spotted the beautiful bird while exploring the high-elevation forests of the country's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, a range distinct from South America's Andes. The scientists were able to capture a photo of the hummingbird before it disappeared into the trees.

"I saw the flash of a bird screeching past me and it perched on a bush nearby," conservationist Cristian Vásquez told ProAves. "I managed to take a quick photo of it before it flew off. I then reviewed the photo in the camera and immediately recognized the strikingly-patterned hummingbird as the lon...

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