Posted by: purplepaula1 | May 26, 2010

Alaotra grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus) confirmed extinct

Following the latest assessment of the world’s rarest birds, the Alaotra grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus) is now extinct. This is the first confiremed extinction of a bird since 2005. The BBC reported today that the last known sighting was in 1985, and combined factors such as poaching and predatory fish have contributed to its extinction.

Click here to read the full BBC News story.

Other useful sources include:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

BirdLife International


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