Friday, August 24, 2018

Bird thought extinct discovered in the Bahamas

The Bahama nuthatch is still perched on the brink.
The Bahama nuthatch is one of the rarest birds in the Western Hemisphere. (Photo: Matthew Gardner/University of East Anglia)

By Noel Kirkpatrick

After Hurricane Matthew slammed into the Bahamas in 2016, researchers were sure the Bahama nuthatch (Sitta pusilla insularis), already an endangered bird, had been wiped out.

But that wasn't the complete story.

New expeditions led this year by graduate students from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and students from the University of the Bahamas-North (UBN) with support from the American Bird Conservancy were able to find at least one Bahama nuthatch.  Read more >>