Extinct bird alive and well.

That, according to the Telegraph, is the good news. The bad news is that it’s in war-torn Afghanistan:

The birds were then spotted again in June last year by workers from the Wildlife Conservation Society of Afghanistan.

Researchers suggest the birds were released into Afghanistan when they were bred there during the 1930s.

University of Gothenburg Associate Professor Urban Olsson said the area of Afghanistan was known to have been home to the rare birds but the latest research had provided conclusive proof, which they have released today (Jan 25).

“We had pinpointed north-eastern Afghanistan as an area where the large-billed reed warbler were probably bred during the 1930s,” he said.

“When we heard the mysterious birdsong we realised that we were on the trail of an ornithological sensation.”

Apparently the biggest threat they face isn’t from bombs or guns. It’s from people cutting down all the trees to use for firewood.