New Bird Found in US for First Time Since '70s, But...

Species might already be extinct
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2011 5:35 PM CDT
New Bird Found in US for First Time Since '70s, But...
File photo of a Newell's shearwater seabird, a different but similar species to the newly discovered Bryan's shearwater.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

(Newser) – It's the ultimate in good news/bad news for a little Hawaiian seabird: Ornithologists have declared the discovery of a new bird species in the US for the first time since 1974, reports Scientific American. But the species—dubbed Bryan’s shearwater—might already be extinct. It seems the bird specimen was actually found in 1963 and erroneously labeled as a different type of shearwater. It sat in a museum for decades until a scientist took a closer look and DNA samples confirmed the new species. Scientists don't know for sure that it's extinct, but if not it's extremely rare. (Read more birds stories.)

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