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Last Updated: Friday April 29 2005 16:10 GMT

Extinct bird is found again in US

An artist's impression of the ivory-billed woodpecker
A bird which has not been seen for 60 years in America has been discovered again living in swamp forests.

Experts thought the ivory-billed woodpecker was extinct as it was last spotted in North America in 1944.

But now scientists have reported eight different sightings in Arkansas. There's even a video showing the large black and white woodpecker is alive.

"It is a landmark discovery. It represents an incredible story of hope for the future," an expert said.

The ivory-billed woodpecker was thought to have been made extinct after millions of acres of forest were cleared in the US between the 1880s and the 1940s.

Now the bird's been rediscovered, environmentalists are campaigning to save the forests in Arkansas, called the 'Big Woods', which are home to the rare woodpeckers.



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