Extinct Birds

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Author: Errol Fuller

Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 398

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A fascinating tour of extinct birds uses more than three hundred illustrations in full color and black and white to introduce readers to more than eighty species of birds that have disappeared since 1600, including the passenger pigeon and dodo.

Extinct Birds

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Author: Julian P. Hume

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472937457

Category: Nature

Page: 560

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Extinct Birds was the first comprehensive review of the hundreds of the bird species and subspecies that have become extinct over the last 1,000 years of habitat degradation, over-hunting and rat introduction. It has become the standard text on this subject, covering both familiar icons of extinction as well as more obscure birds, some known from just one specimen or from travellers' tales. This second edition is expanded to include dozens of new species, as more are constantly added to the list, either through extinction or through new subfossil discoveries. Extinct Birds is the result of decades of research into literature and museum drawers, as well as caves and subfossil deposits, which often reveal birds long-gone that disappeared without ever being recorded by scientists while they lived. From Greak Auks, Carolina Parakeets and Dodos to the amazing yet almost completely vanished bird radiations of Hawaii and New Zealand via rafts of extinction in the Pacific and elsewhere, this book is both a sumptuous reference and astounding testament to humanity's devastating impact on wildlife.

Extinct Birds of New Zealand

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Author: Alan Tennyson,Paul Martinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780909010218

Category: History

Page: 180

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Paintings of fifty-eight species of extinct New Zealand birds including the largest eagle the earth has ever seen with text on facing pages.

Flock Together

A Love Affair with Extinct Birds

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Author: B.J. Hollars

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803296428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct North American birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we’ve failed to preserve in life? And so begins his yearlong journey to find out, one that leads him from bogs to art museums, from archives to Christmas Counts, until he at last comes as close to extinct birds as he ever will during a behind-the-scenes visit at the Chicago Field Museum. Heartbroken by the birds we’ve lost, Hollars takes refuge in those that remain. Armed with binoculars, a field guide, and knowledgeable friends, he begins his transition from budding birder to environmentally conscious citizen, a first step on a longer journey toward understanding the true tragedy of a bird’s song silenced forever. Told with charm and wit, Flock Together is a remarkable memoir that shows how “knowing” the natural world—even just a small part—illuminates what it means to be a global citizen and how only by embracing our ecological responsibilities do we ever become fully human. A moving elegy to birds we’ve lost, Hollars’s exploration of what we can learn from extinct species will resonate in the minds of readers long beyond the final page.

Endangered and Extinct Birds

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Author: Jennifer Boothroyd

Publisher: Lerner Publications

ISBN: 1541507207

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Northern rockhopper penguins and colorful pufflegs are two examples of endangered birds. Few of them exist in the wild. Other birds have already gone extinct. What hurts these animals? What can you do to help? Read this book to find out!

Birds in Jeopardy

The Imperiled and Extinct Birds of the United States and Canada Including Hawaii and Puerto Rico

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Author: Paul R. Ehrlich,David S. Dobkin,Darryl Wheye

Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804719810

Category: Nature

Page: 259

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Discusses endangered species of birds and birds that have become extinct since 1776

Palaeobiology of Giant Flightless Birds

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Author: Delphine Angst,Eric Buffetaut

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0081011431

Category: Science

Page: 296

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The fossil record of giant flightless birds extends back to the Late Cretaceous, more than 70 million years ago, but our understanding of these extinct birds is still incomplete. This is partly because the number of specimens available is sometimes limited, but also because widely different approaches have been used to study them, with sometimes contradictory results. This book summarizes the current knowledge of the paleobiology of seven groups of giant flightless birds: Dinornithiformes, Aepyornithiformes, Dromornithidae, Phorusrhacidae, Brontornithidae, Gastornithidae and Gargantuavis. The first chapter presents the global diversity of these birds and reviews the tools and methods used to study their paleobiology. Chapters 2 to 8 are each dedicated to one of the seven groups of extinct birds. Finally, a conclusion offers a global synthesis of the information presented in the book in an attempt to define a common evolutionary model. Focuses on the giant flightless birds that evolved independently in different parts of the world since the Cretaceous period Covers a number of different families with different evolutionary histories, providing a source of interesting comparisons Provides emphasis on the palaeobiology of these birds, including their evolution, adaptations, mode of life, ecology and extinction

John Gould's Extinct & Endangered Birds of Australia

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Author: Sue Taylor

Publisher: National Library Australia

ISBN: 0642277656

Category: Australia

Page: 247

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In 1838, John Gould, the 'father of Australian ornithology' visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work on Australian birds. In the resulting publication, The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869), Gould named, for the first time, no fewer than 32 Australian bird species. Gould's words about the Norfolk Island Kaka were prophetic-the last bird of its kind died in a cage in London in 1851. Since then, a number of other species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction. John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Gould's eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Featuring exquisite full-colour lithographs reproduced from the National Library of Australia's copy of The Birds of Australia, this book gives an insight into the history of each bird's European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.

EXTINCT BIRDS

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Author: Lionel Walter Rothschild Ba Rothschild

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781362605881

Category: History

Page: 386

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Facing Extinction

The World's Rarest Birds and the Race to Save Them: 2nd Edition

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Author: Paul F. Donald,Nigel J. Collar,Stuart J. Marsden,Deborah J. Pain

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408189666

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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An authoritative study of extinction in birds, with case studies of 20 critically endangered species and the research initiatives designed to save them.

Lost Animals

Extinction and the Photographic Record

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Author: Errol Fuller

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408172151

Category: Endangered species

Page: 256

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Caught on camera prior to their demise, this book reveals the surprisingly rich photographic record of now-extinct animals.

On Rare Birds

A Lamentation on Natural History's Extinct and Endangered

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Author: Anita Albus

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762774835

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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A passionate natural history of extinct and endangered bird species from around the world.

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers

A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds

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Author: Christopher Cokinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101057106

Category: Nature

Page: 384

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A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.

Lost Land of the Dodo

The Ecological History of Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues

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Author: Anthony Cheke,Julian P. Hume

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408108828

Category: Science

Page: 480

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The Mascarene islands in the southern Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues - were once home to an extraordinary range of birds and reptiles. Evolving on these isolated volcanic islands in the absence of mammalian predators or competitors, the land was dominated by giant tortoises, parrots, skinks and geckos, burrowing boas, flightless rails & herons, and of course (in Mauritius) the Dodo. Uninhabited and only discovered in the 1500s, colonisation by European settlers in the 1600s led to dramatic changes in the ecology of the islands; the birds and tortoises were slaughtered indiscriminately while introduced rats, cats, pigs and monkeys destroyed their eggs, the once-extensive forests logged, and invasive introduced plants from all over the tropics devastated the ecosystem. The now-familiar icon of extinction, the Dodo, was gone from Mauritius within 50 years of human settlement, and over the next 150 years many of the Mascarenes' other native vertebrates followed suit. The product of over 30 years research by Anthony Cheke, Lost Land of the Dodo provides a comprehensive yet hugely enjoyable account of the story of the islands' changing ecology, interspersed with human stories, the islands' biogeographical anomalies, and much else. Many French publications, old and new, especially for Réunion, are discussed and referenced in English for the first time. The book is richly illustrated with maps and contemporary illustrations of the animals and their environment, many of which have rarely been reprinted before. Illustrated box texts look in detail at each extinct vertebrate species, while Julian Hume's superb colour plates bring many of the extinct birds to life. Lost Land of the Dodo provides the definitive account of this tragic yet remarkable fauna, and is a must-read for anyone interested in islands, their ecology and the history of our relationship with the world around us.

Extinct Birds of Hawaii

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Author: Michael Walther

Publisher: Mutual Publishing

ISBN: 9781939487612

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

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Extinct Birds of Hawaii captures the vanishing world of unique bird species that have slipped away in the Islands mostly due to human frivolity and unconcern. Richly illustrated, including drawings by Julian P. Hume, many painted specifically for this volume, it enables us to enjoy vicariously, avian life unique to Hawaii that is no longer, Extinct Birds of Hawaii also sends a powerful message. Hawaii is well-known both for its unique scenic beauty and its fascinating native flora, fauna, bird and marine life. But it is also called the extinction capital of the world. The Islands' seventy-seven bird species and sub-species extinctions account for approximately fifteen percent of global bird extinctions during the last seven-hundred years. On some islands over 80 percent of the original land bird species are now extinct. With the many agents of extinction still operating in the Islands' forests, Hawaii's remaining native land birds are at a high risk of being lost forever. Many birdwatchers, nature lovers, and eco-tourists are unaware of the tremendous loss of species that has occurred in this remote archipelago. Extinct Birds of Hawaii, besides showing the bird life that has been lost, calls attention to the urgency and need for preservation action.

The Passenger Pigeon

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Author: Errol Fuller

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 140085220X

Category: Nature

Page: 184

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At the start of the nineteenth century, Passenger Pigeons were perhaps the most abundant birds on the planet, numbering literally in the billions. The flocks were so large and so dense that they blackened the skies, even blotting out the sun for days at a stretch. Yet by the end of the century, the most common bird in North America had vanished from the wild. In 1914, the last known representative of her species, Martha, died in a cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. This stunningly illustrated book tells the astonishing story of North America's Passenger Pigeon, a bird species that—like the Tyrannosaur, the Mammoth, and the Dodo—has become one of the great icons of extinction. Errol Fuller describes how these fast, agile, and handsomely plumaged birds were immortalized by the ornithologist and painter John James Audubon, and captured the imagination of writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. He shows how widespread deforestation, the demand for cheap and plentiful pigeon meat, and the indiscriminate killing of Passenger Pigeons for sport led to their catastrophic decline. Fuller provides an evocative memorial to a bird species that was once so important to the ecology of North America, and reminds us of just how fragile the natural world can be. Published in the centennial year of Martha’s death, The Passenger Pigeon features rare archival images as well as haunting photos of live birds.

A Gap in Nature

Discovering the World's Extinct Animals

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Author: Tim Fridtjof Flannery,Peter Schouten

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 9780871137975

Category: History

Page: 184

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Introduces the many animal species that became extinct over the past five centuries as the result of European expansion into various parts of the world, including the great auk, Carolina parakeet, thylacine, and passenger pigeon.

Vanished and Vanishing Parrots

Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species

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Author: Joseph Forshaw,Frank Knight

Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISBN: 0643106502

Category: Science

Page: 352

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Joseph M. Forshaw, one of the world’s leading authorities on parrots, calls attention to the threats they face: they are one of the most endangered groups of birds, with a growing number of species nearing extinction. The main threats arise from habitat loss through deforestation and agricultural development and from the taking of birds for the international live-bird trade. Vanished and Vanishing Parrots brings together information on species that have become extinct in historical times with information on species that are in danger of becoming extinct to increase public awareness of the plight of these magnificent birds. Vivid colour plates by the wildlife artist Frank Knight draw attention to the spectacular species that we have lost or that could be lost. Forshaw’s work gives us fascinating insight into these endangered and extinct parrots. Vanished and Vanishing Parrots will be a valuable reference for scientific, ornithological and avicultural organisations, as well as individual lovers of birds and of illustrated natural history books.