Extinct birds and scarce birds

Approximately 26 species of birds are known to have become extinct since people began recording wild birds in the early 17th century to this day. Added to this, the deterioration of the environment worldwide in recent years has increased the number of endangered species. In Gould's time, the world must have been a much better place for birds to live in than today, since humankind's influence over nature was not as strong. However, even in those days, there were species that had just became extinct, or nearing that danger, and such species appear in Gould's work. There are other birds appearing in Gould's work that have drastically diminished in their numbers. We cannot help wondering, 100 years from now, at the dawn of the 22nd century, how many species will have become extinct.

From the extinct or scarce birds found in Gould's works, here we have chosen the Great Auk, the Brown Kiwi, and the Takahe.

  • Gould Scientific name
    Alca impennis
    Scientific name
    Pinguinus impennis
    Gould name
    Great Auk
    Name
    Great Auk
    Book name, Volume
    The Birds of Great Britain Vol.5
  • Gould Scientific name
    Apteryx australis
    Scientific name
    Apteryx australis
    Gould name
    Kiwi-kiwi
    Name
    Brown Kiwi
    Book name, Volume
    The Birds of Australia Vol.6
  • Gould Scientific name
    Notornix mantelli
    Scientific name
    Porphyrio mantelli
    Gould name
    Notornis
    Name
    North Island Takahe
    Book name, Volume
    The Birds of Australia Vol.8