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Extinct birds. An attempt to unite in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times - that is, within the last six or seven hundred years. To which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinc

Hutchinson London 1908 244pp.

Lionel Walter (Walter) Rothschild


An expansion of a lecture, op.cit., which first appeared in the Proceedings of the IVth International Ornithological Congress , held in London in 1905, entitled: 'On extinct and vanishing birds'. The preliminary matter includes an introduction, and a bibliography of literature referring to these birds from 1580-1907 (pp.xv-xxvi). The main body of the work consists of descriptions of the species and their habitats, citing the literature where appropriate. In his introduction Walter notes 'The melancholy fact [...] remains that man and his satellites, cats, rats, dogs, and pigs are the worst and in fact the only important agents of destruction of the native avifaunas wherever they go' (p.ix).

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