Madagascar Bird Extinct

May 27th, 2010 - 7:43 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
alaotra_grebeMay 27, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Sad news for nature lovers as another species joins the extinct list due to man’s exploitation of nature. Alaotra grebe which is better known as the Madagascar bird has been declared extinct by BirdLife International which is a conservation group. The bird which was last sighted in 1985 was on the endangered list for sometime till scientists confirmed that it has no species left. This is the second extinction news from Madagascar since 2008. Alaotra grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus) was a medium diving bird that lived in Lake Alaotra in Madagascar.

The main cause for the failing of the bird’s species can be attributed to man alone. The first factor was the introduction of carnivorous fish into the lake and then the use of nylon nets that drowned the bird. The Alaotra grebe had a limited flying capability and feeds only on fish. It led a sedentary life and could not adopt to the rapid environmental changes caused by man. The BirdLife International contributed the information to the IUCN Red List that keeps a track of all the species that become extinct. It is the most authoritative source of information regarding the state of the species around the world.

The Red List is a major warning sign that highlights man’s misuse and exploitation of the natural resources. The greed and senselessness has caused death and destruction of thousands of species all over the world. Another species that has joined the critically endangered list this year is Cuba’s Zapata rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai) which is also under threat due to introduction of new species, in this case mongooses and catfish.

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