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Press Release 11-125

Tropical Birds Return to Harvested Rainforest Areas in Brazil

Bird species thought extinct came back to the forests

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Photo of a White-plumed Antbird.

The White-plumed Antbird has gone "extinct," then returned, several times in the forest.

Credit: Philip Stouffer/LSU


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Photo of the edge of a forest fragment.

View from the edge of a forest fragment; birds regularly move through to recolonize the fragments.

Credit: Philip Stouffer/LSU


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Photo of a hand holding a Black-banded Woodcreeper by its feet.

The Black-banded Woodcreeper is unlikely to survive in fragments, this one notwithstanding.

Credit: Philip Stouffer/LSU


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Photo of an abandoned pasture.

This pasture has been abandoned; its regrowth will allow some birds to return to the forest.

Credit: Philip Stouffer/LSU


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Photo of a hand holding a Black-throated Antshrike by its feet.

The Black-throated Antshrike may not be able to recolonize fragments of the forest.

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