Friday, August 31, 2012

[Ornithology • Extinction] Alaotra Grebe | Tachybaptus rufolavatus • water bird endemic to Lake Alaotra and surrounding lakes in Madagascar's northern central plateau | Extinct (2010)

Alaotra Grebe has been declared Extinct in the 2010 Red List update for birds
Art: Chris Rose

BirdLife International has announced, in the 2010 IUCN Red List update for birds, the extinction of Alaotra Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus. Restricted to a tiny area of east Madagascar, this species declined rapidly after carnivorous fish were introduced to the lakes in which it lived. This, along with the use of nylon gill-nets by fisherman which caught and drowned birds, has driven this species into the abyss.

Madagascar's Alaotra Grebe was last seen in 1985 and is now Extinct
photo: Paul Thompson

Carnivorous fish blamed for grebe's extinction in Madagascar via @guardian

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End of Alaotra grebe is further evidence of Sixth Great Extinction
Species are vanishing quicker than at any point in the last 65 million years via @Independent