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Santa Marta Sabrewing
March 27, 2024
Located in the isolated Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of northern Colombia, little has been known about the species as it was lost to science for 64 years before being photographed once in 2010, only to become lost again before its rediscovery in 2022 by Yurgen Vega, one of the authors of the new study.
Hoatzin
BOW Team March 23, 2024
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Conservation Status

Percentages are calculated based on 11,017 species in Birds of the World.

Data provided by IUCN (2023) Red List.
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Conservation status
Least Concern
71.3%
Near Threatened
7.9%
Vulnerable
6.2%
Endangered
3.5%
Critically Endangered
2%
Extinct in the Wild
0.05%
Extinct
1.4%
Not Evaluated
0%
Data Deficient
0.34%
Unknown
7.4%

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