This is the first comprehensive review of the hundreds of bird species
that have become extinct over the last 1,000 years of habitat
degradation, over-hunting and rat introduction. Covering both familiar
extinct birds and more obscure species, some known from just one
specimen or from traveller's tales, the book also looks at hundreds of
species from the subfossil record - birds that disappeared without ever
being recorded. Julian Hume and Michael Walters recreate these lost
birds in stunning detail, bringing together an up to date review of the
literature for every species. From Great Auks, Carolina Parakeets and
Dodos to the amazing yet completely vanished bird radiations of Hawaii
and New Zealand, via rafts of extinctions in the Pacific and elsewhere,
this book is both a sumptuous reference and a terrifying reminder of
humanity's impact on birds.
A direct replacement for Greenway's seminal 1958 title Extinct and Vanishing Birds, this book will be the standard reference on the subject for generations to come.
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Aepyornis bill bill black bird bird’s BirdLife International 2011 Bogotá breast breeding Chatham Islands collected Colombia considered Crake D. C. Status Extinct Date of extinction deforestation Description disappeared eggs endemic extant extinction unknown feathers female Finch flightless forest Gallinule genus Gmelin Greenway grey habitat destruction Habits Hawaiian Islands hybrid iris James & Olson Kaua’i Last recorded Latham legs and feet Lord Howe Island Macaw Madagascar male Mascarene Maui Mauritius Molokai Museum neck nest nominate Norfolk Island North Oahu Olson & James over-hunting Pacific pale Parakeet Parrot Pigeon plumage population predation Psittacus Putative range race Rail rats Rattus Réunion Rodrigues Rothschild rufous Salvadori skin South Island species Specimens Specimens Specimens Subfossil remains Specimens The type Status Doubtful taxon Status Invalid taxon Status Known Steadman subspecies survived tail tarsometatarsus throat Tring type specimen underparts undertail-coverts upperparts Warbler Washington wings Worthy & Holdaway yellow Zealand