Threatened & Extinct Species
It is a sad fact that, in the last few hundred years man has been responsible for the extinction of a great many bird species - from the notorious but range restricted dodo to the millions of passenger pigeons that once blackened the skies of North America or the thousands of Great Auks eaten by sailors. The causes vary from the extinction of the St Stephen's Island Wren whose entire population was destroyed by one cat; the pet of a lighthosue keeper to the probably extirpation of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker through habitat destruction. Even more sadly we do not seemed to have learned our lesson and habitat destruction continues along with our wasteful societies causing the vlimate of the whole world to change. We could cause an extinction event as great as that natural phenomena which wiped out the dinasaurs.
Those of us who care can not only help the efforts of conservationists to preserve the habitats of many endangered species; we can also change the way we live to reduce the pressure on the wild world whether it be population control or better use of scarce resources and more enlightened energy production.
Mere support of good causes is not enough - we all have to make sacrafices or many many more species will disappear and further impoverish our natural world.
Return of the Crazy Bird: The Sad, Strange Tale of the Dodo
by Clara Pinto-Correia Hardcover 216 pages (1 February, 2003) Springer-Verlag New York Inc. See Fatbirder Review
ISBN: 0387988769Buy this book from NHBS.com
Spix's Macaw: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird
by Tony Juniper Hardcover 304 pages (2 September, 2002) Fourth Estate
ISBN: 1841156507Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric Life of New Zealand (Life of the Past S.)
by Trevor Worthy, Richard Holdaway, Rod Morris Hardcover 592 pages (March 2002) Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253340349Buy this book from NHBS.com
Extinct and Endangered Birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum
A.G. Knox & M.P. Walters. 292 pages.
(Hardcover) by Errol Fuller See: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~design.machine-tanya/abird.htm
The Silent Sky: The Incredible Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon
by Allan Eckert 2000
ISBN: 0595089631Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Black Robin : Saving the World's Most Endangered Bird
by David Butler, Don Merton - OUP 1993
ISBN: 0195582608Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Spotted Owl (Endangered in America)
by Robrt,Alvin Silverste Virginia - Millbrook Press 1994
ISBN: 1562944150Buy this book from NHBS.com
Who Killed the Great Auk?
Jeremy Gaskell - OUP 2000
ISBN: 0198564783Buy this book from NHBS.com
Extinct Birds of New Zealand
Alan Tennyson 179 pages, colour and b&w illus. Te Papa Press
ISBN: 0909010218Buy this book from NHBS.com
Moas and Moa Hunting in New Zealand A Anderson 280 pages, 40 b/w photos, 20 illus, 20 tabs. Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521543967Buy this book from NHBS.com
The History of British Birds
by Derek Yalden and Umberto Albarella | Softcover | 2009 | 263 Pages | £24.95 | [Hardcover: ISBN 9780199217519] See Fatbirder Review
ISBN: 9780199581160Buy this book from NHBS.com
Facing Extinction: The World's Rarest Birds and the Race to Save Them
By Paul Donald, Nigel Collar, Stuart Marsden & Deborah J Pain | 312 pages | colour photographs and artworks | Hardcover | 2010 | £44.99
ISBN: 9781408189665Buy this book from NHBS.com
The Passenger Pigeon
By Errol Fuller | 177 pages | colour & black & white photos | colour & black & white illustrations | Princeton University Press | 2014 |
ISBN: 9780691162959Buy this book from NHBS.com
List of References on Endangered, Threatened, and Recently Extinct Birds
WildAid's mission is to decimate the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes…
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife Partners operate in over one hundred countries and territories worldwide. Learn more in National Partners…
Alliance for Zero Extinction
The Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a global initiative of biodiversity conservation organizations, aims to prevent extinctions by identifying and safeguarding key sites where species are in imminent danger of disappearing. The goal of the Alliance is to create a front line of defense against extinction by eliminating threats and restoring habitat to allow species populations to rebound.
The World's Rarest Birds
This beautifully illustrated book vividly depicts the most threatened birds on Earth. It provides up-to-date information from BirdLife International on the threats each species faces, and the measures being taken to save them. Today, 590 bird species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered, or now only exist in captivity.
…While New Zealand has the highest percentage of endangered birds in the world, they are not the only country to suffer a sharp decline in their native bird populations…
EDGE - Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered
The EDGE of Existence programme highlights and conserves one-of–a-kind species that are on the verge of extinction...
All you ever wanted to know about…
Tragedy of the Dodo
A growing wiki on extinct birds…
List of Extinct Birds in New Zealand
A sadly long list!
Mini articles on some of the birds found in the fossil record from Archaeopteryx to Ichthyornis etc…
Hawai'i's Extinct Species
Another sadly long list…
Cloning of extinct Huia
The project began when students at the Hastings Boys High School in New Zealand wondered if their school emblem, the extinct Huia, could be revived…
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis
The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is the second-largest woodpecker in the world, slightly smaller than the closely related Imperial Woodpecker (C. imperialis) of western Mexico, another rare species which is very likely to be extinct. It measures from 48 to 53 cm (19 to 21 in) in length and 450 to 570 g (1.0 to 1.25 lb) in weight, with short legs and feet ending in large, curved claws…
Hawai'i's Endangered Birds
More birds slipping towards extinction
BirdLife International's annual evaluation of how the world’s bird species are faring shows that the total number considered to be threatened with extinction is now 1,212, which when combined with the number of near threatened species gives a total of exactly 2,000 species in trouble – more than a fifth of the planet’s remaining 9,775 species. Of the species currently in trouble, 179 are now categorised as Critically Endangered, the highest level of threat…
Photographers & Artists
Extinct Birds Photographs
Stock Photography from Stockpix.com - mostly museum exhibits etc…