Rare songbird spotted after no one had seen it for 24 years

It had been 24 long years since a yellow-throated songbird native to the biodiverse African island nation of Madagascar had been seen. But that has changed, to the elation of conservationists who traveled deep into remote areas of the country to find it.

The last documented sighting of the dusky tetraka was in 1999, researchers said.

An expert with the American Bird Conservancy documented the new finding after a team of international bird watchers made a 40-hour drive to then hike for half a day to a spot where the bird was last found.

The dusky tetraka tends to spend time along rivers, according to newly documented observations. As bird watchers look for species, they usually listen for their calls. The loud noise of rushing rivers could have masked those calls, allowing the songbird to evade human sight for nearly two and a half decades.

The American Bird Conservancy and BirdLife International placed the species on its top 10 list for “Most Wanted Lost Birds.”

The bird is described as small, with olive- and yellow-colored feathers. It can be found hopping around on the ground and living along rivers.

“Now that we’ve found Dusky Tetraka and better understand the habitat it lives in, we can look for it in other parts of Madagascar and learn important information about its ecology and biology,” said Lily-Arison Rene de Roland, the Madagascar program director for The Peregrine Fund.

“There is a lot of biodiversity still to discover in Madagascar,” she said.

By Scripps News.