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Extinct birds


Since 1600, over 100 species of birds have become extinct, and this rate of extinction seems to be increasing. The situation is exemplified by Hawaii, where 30% of all now-extinct species originally lived. Other areas, such as Guam, have also been hard hit; Guam has lost over 60% of its native species in the last 30 years, many of them to imported snakes.

There are today about 10,000 species of birds, and 1186 of them are considered to be under threat of extinction. Except for 11 species, the threat is man-made.

Island species in general, and flightless island species in particular are most at risk. The disproportionate number of rails in the list reflects the tendency of that family to lose the ability to fly when geographically isolated.

Table of contents
1 Extinct species
2 External links and references

Extinct species




Herons and related birds

Ducks, geese and swans

Bird of prey

Quails and relatives


Gulls, waders and auks

Pigeons and Dodos


Cuckoos, owls, nightjars and hummingbirds

Kingfishers, woodpeckers, etc.


Related articles

External links and references

List adapted from that in Extinct Birds, Fuller, ISBN 0-19-850837-9