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New lease of life in Dominica for 'extinct' seabird

One of the world’s rarest bird species, the Black-capped Petrel, has been sighted in Dominica more than 150 years after the bird was thought to have been wiped out due to overhunting and the introduction of foreign predators in the area.

Black-capped petrel was thought to be extinct in Domenica.
Black-capped petrel was thought to be extinct in Dominica. Image by Don Faulkner / CC BY-SA 2.0

A team of scientists discovered a colony of the birds and now plans to locate and confirm active nests to aid in conservation efforts. It is estimated that only 4,000 of the birds exist globally. Read more: caribbean360.com