Sighting Of Tropical Bird Sends Birders Into A Frenzy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (July 23, 2013)--The birding world is in a frenzy and the Rufous-necked wood-rail is the reason.

The colorful, chicken-sized birds are typically found along the coasts and in tropical forests in Central and South America, but for the last two weeks one of the birds has made itself at home in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico.

The first sighting of the bird in the U.S. led to a flurry of last-minute plane reservations and impromptu road trips by birders hoping to get a glimpse of the bird.

Refuge officials say the marsh boardwalk has been crowded at sunrise and sunset as birders try to spot the bird.

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