Extinct Monday


In the shady recesses of unassuming forest patches in eastern Brazil, bird species are taking their final bows on the global evolutionary stage, and winking out.

These are obscure birds with quaint names: Alagoas Foliage-Gleaner, Pernambuco Pygmy-Owl, Cryptic Treehunter. But their disappearance portends a turning point in a global biodiversity crisis.

Bird extinctions are nothing new. Human activity has already wiped out over a thousand species. But the vast majority of these occurred on oceanic islands. Today, although island species remain disproportionately threatened, we are witnessing a historic shift towards the endangerment of continental species of birds. The Alagoas Foliage-Gleaner, last seen in 2011, looks increasingly like the tip of an iceberg.

This new wave of threats, driven primarily by habitat loss, is deeply troubling because South American forests are home to such a concentration of bird diversity, yet our conservation strategies are still a work in progress.



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8 Responses to Extinct Monday

  1. Den says:

    All the critters going extinct except the bloody mosquitos!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Doesn’t look good…


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Pastafarian weddings in New Zealand. đŸ™‚


  4. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Birch & Barley after 79 minutes. I went up Valley Road to Terre View Drive as if going to Banyans but didn’t turn in to the golf course. Instead continued on Terre View Drive past the bear out eating grass and across the Moscow highway, thence westward, mostly, to the Birch & Barley. Having creole paella with a porter.

    Beautiful day out. Lots of lush green with babbling brooks.


  5. Den says:

    Hot out today 80-something, I worked on getting the workbenches into the shed so my tools will be lockable, heavy suckers, my muscles seem to be tolerating the extra grunt work well, lots better than a few months back, trying not to puncture myself on all the nails and screws during the demolition phase was a challenge. More fun tomorrow.


    • º¿carol says:

      Our high today was 81°. How about that, eh? Same temp. We didn’t think it was hot though, didn’t even occur to us to put the A/C on. Not ready for that yet, it’s still spring…windows open was wonderful and it’s going to cool down.

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