The Alaotra grebe is extinct, according to the latest assessment of the world's rarest birds.
The last known sighting of the bird was in 1985 and experts have now confirmed its demise, killed off by a combination of poaching and predatory fish.
The Malagasy species, which lived in Lake Alaotra, is the first confirmed bird extinction since 2008.
However, fortunes have improved for rare birds such as the Azores bullfinch and Colombian yellow-eared parrot.
The Alaotra grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus) was a medium-sized bird with small wings that inhabited Lake Alaotra and surrounding areas in Madagascar.
Due to its tiny wings, the bird was thought incapable of flying long distances, living a mainly sedentary lifestyle on the lake and in surrounding ponds and highland lakes.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Another bird species is now extinct.