Extinction Week on 10,000 Birds

10,000 Birds

Sure, we try not to introduce snakes, rats, cats, goats, pigs, and a host of other creatures to isolated islands. Djibouti Francolin. Passenger Pigeon. Kioea. Broad-billed Parrot. Alaotra Grebe. Saint Helena Cuckoo. Grand Cayman Thrush. Ascencion Crake. Kakawahie. What do the eight birds above have in common? They are all extinct. They all went extinct since 1500 and they are only eight of the nearly two hundred species that have blinked out since then.

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