Madagascar Bird Declared Extinct

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Madagascar's Alaotra Grebe, last spotted in 1985, has been declared extinct in the latest update of the IUCN Red List of endangered and threatened birds.
The medium-sized bird is thought to have had such small wings that it could not fly long distances, and was therefore confined to its main habitat of Lake Alaotra and surrounding areas—it was killed off by a combination of poaching and predatory fish. It's the first bird to be confirmed extinct since 2008.

On the somewhat bright side, the BBC reports, "fortunes have improved for rare birds such as the Azores bullfinch and Colombian yellow-eared parrot."

Even photos of the now-extinct Alaotra grebe are rare—most stories about the extinction show an artist's impression of the bird, and a real-life but pretty blurry photo farther down.

The bird was already listed and known to be in danger, and this news has not come as a surprise—but there are 110,000 species at risk around the world that are not on the Red List. Read about them and other endangered birds from TreeHugger.