Stresemann’s Bristlefront — Critically Endangered — PLANET EARTH FLOWERS group

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Stresemann’s Bristlefront — Critically Endangered

Estimated population: One known individual

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Location: Bahia State, Brazil

Perhaps the world’s rarest bird, only one Stresemann’s Bristlefront is known to survive in the wild. Unfortunately, this bird is confined to one of the most fragmented and degraded – and vulnerable – forests in the Americas.

Stresemann's Bristlefront ranks among the rarest of birds. Photo by Ciro Albano

After a 50-year disappearance, Stresemann’s Bristlefront was rediscovered in 1995. In 2007, ABC supported the creation of the Songbird Forest Reserve to protect its remaining habitat. However, following a severe drought and a series of fires in 2016, the bird once again disappeared. Efforts to re-locate the bird proved successful when a single female bristlefront was found in December of 2018.

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