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In 2020, residents on the island of Borneo spotted and captured the first live specimen of this bird in over 170 years.
Known from just one specimen collected in the mid-1800s, researchers long thought the bird was extinct.
When field researchers investigated these sightings, they found that the species was very much alive in Djibouti — and potentially in neighboring Ethiopia and Somalia, too. The researchers reported these findings in a 2020 paper.
Just about a year ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plans to declare the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker extinct after it's last universally accepted sighting in 1944.