8 Recently Extinct Birds

Carolina Parakeet

The Carolina Parakeet, once widespread across the United States, was the only parrot species native to the country. Sadly, due to hunting and habitat destruction, it went extinct in the early 20th century.

Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, with flocks numbering in the billions. Tragically, relentless hunting and habitat loss led to its extinction in the early 20th century.

Great Auk

The Great Auk, a flightless seabird, was native to the North Atlantic. Its inability to fly made it an easy target for hunters, and the last pair was killed in 1844. Today, it is a symbol of the consequences of human actions.


The iconic Dodo bird, native to Mauritius, became extinct in the 17th century. Its flightlessness and lack of fear towards humans made it vulnerable to hunting and introduced predators.

Labrador Duck

The Labrador Duck, a species native to northeastern North America, went extinct in the mid-19th century. Limited nesting sites and overhunting were the primary factors contributing to its demise.

Heath Hen

The Heath Hen was a species of grouse found in the eastern United States. Habitat loss and uncontrolled hunting led to its extinction in the early 20th century.

Cuban Macaw

The Cuban Macaw, a vibrant parrot species endemic to Cuba, was last seen in the wild in the 1860s. Habitat destruction and the pet trade played a significant role in its disappearance.

New Zealand Quail

The New Zealand Quail, a ground-dwelling bird endemic to New Zealand, went extinct in the 19th century. Habitat destruction and introduced predators contributed to its demise.

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