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Extinct birds: 100 unique species.
"My sixth quiz! This is a quiz on extinct, endangered, and unique birds of the past 250 years. A difficult but hopefully informative quiz. Good cluck!...I mean luck."
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This bird became extinct when the last pair was either clubbed to death or strangled on the island of Eldey, a barren rocky plateau jutting out of the sea off the coast of Iceland. It was June 3, 1844. The birds were likely nesting at the time.
Amsterdam Island duck
Auckland Island merganser
This bird is known only from specimens collected in 1827 on Peel Island, off the south coast of Japan.
Bulo Burti boubou
"Incas", the last of this unique bird species, died at the Cincinnati Zoo (Ohio, USA) on February 21, 1918.
Canary Islands oystercatcher
Chatham Islands rail
This bird of Mauritius, the most famous extinct bird in the world, died out sometime between 1662-1690.
Dusky seaside sparrow
Darwin's large ground finch
This shorebird was once considered among the most common in the Americas. The last confirmed specimen was collected in Barbados, Lesser Antilles in 1963.
Earthcreeper, Peruvian scale-throated
Ebon purple-capped fruit dove
The extinction of this species occurred in 1983 with the introduction of the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) to the island.
Fernbird, Chatham Island
Fruit dove, Red-moustached
Flycatcher, Rueck's blue
Considered a pest in the late 1800's, this species had the unfortunate distinction of being deliberately hunted into extinction.
Grand Cayman thrush
In 1830, the plight of this bird species attracted the attention of J. J. Audubon, a world renowned naturalist and ornithologist in whose honor the National Audubon Society is named.
Widely thought of as extinct since 1999, this bird may have been sighted in 2004 and 2005 in Arkansas, USA. It was reported in April 2005 by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
Iwo Jima white-browed crake
Of the four presumed extinct species native to Jamaica, this bird was seen as recently as 1989.
Jamaican least pauraque
Jamaican golden swallow
Jamaican red macaw
Once on the brink of extinction, this flightless species continues to barely survive due mainly to a recovery plan implemented by New Zealand in the 1980's.
King Island emu
This species thrived on a small island until 1918, when a ship ran aground off the coast and released rats onto the island's shores.
Lord Howe gerygone
This bird is known only from the single specimen collected on Mauke, Cook Islands by naturalist Andrew Bloxam on August 9, 1825.
Miyako Island kingfisher
Mauritius blue pigeon
This species of a small island was a popular delicacy for local convicts and early settlers in the mid to late 18th century, dooming it to extinction.
North Island takahe
New Zealand little bittern
Norfolk Island kaka
In 1982, Hurricane Iwa killed the last female of this o'o, a type of honeyeater, thus ensuring its extinction.
"Martha", the last of a bird species that once numbered in the hundreds of millions, died at the Cincinnati Zoo (Ohio, USA) on September 1, 1914.
Last seen in 1932 and thought extinct, this quail was reportedly spotted by Anwaruddin Choudhury (a noted bird watcher) in June 2006.
Quail, New Zealand
Quail, Himalayan mountain
Quail, Manipur bush
Quail, Snow mountain
This bird thrived on an isolated volcanic island until an 1876 eruption wiped out the species.
Reunion Island solitaire
Rail, New Caledonian
Raoul Island scrubfowl
According to popular belief, the extermination of this island bird in 1894 was caused by a cat belonging to lighthouse keeper David Lyall.
Solomon Island crowned pigeon
Stephens Island wren
Two portraits of this species discovered in 1774, one of a male and one of a female, hang in the Natural History Museum in London, England. The only two known bird specimens have since been lost.
Tanna ground dove
This bird was an unusual type of game bird whose ancestry can be traced back 10 million years.
Ua Pu monarch
This bird is known only from a single specimen collected in Xinjiang, China in 1929.
Vanga, Short-toed nuthatch
Vella Lavella ground dove
This bird was eaten into extinction by starving Japanese troops during the final years of World War Two (1939-45).
White-eyed river martin
Wake Island rail
Wood rail, Samoan
This bird, on the IUCN Red List as "threatened", can be found occupying the wet meadows and shallow marshes across Canada and Northern USA.
Yakushima seven island thrush
This species is known only from a single mysterious feather imported into England in 1871.
Double-banded argus pheasant
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