List of recently extinct bird species (World)

To: Stephen Ambrose <>, Charles Hunter <>,
Subject: List of recently extinct bird species (World)
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sat, 02 Feb 2019 12:28:24 +1100
During a birding trip with Birding NSW in October/November 2002 we found a Masked Owl at Lincoln National Park 27/28 October. This was Atlassed to BirdLife Australia who queried the sighting but we had a not very good photo that was sufficient to identify. The owl was roosting in low level shrubs growing at our camp site very near the beach. 

Penny Brockman

On Sat, 2 Feb 2019, at 10:52 AM, Stephen Ambrose wrote:

Hi Charles,


A Masked Owl roosted (not nested) periodically in a limestone cave at Twilight Cove, at the western end of Kanidal Beach, near the Eyre Bird Observatory, Western Australia in the early 1980s.  Peter Congreve (then observatory warden) and I mist-netted the owl and measured and banded it in 1981 or 1982.  Twilight Cove and the Eyre Bird Observatory are located on the coastal escarpment south of the Nullarbor Plain, but I don’t think it was the presumed extinct subspecies.


Stephen Ambrose

Ryde NSW


From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Charles Hunter via Birding-Aus
Sent: 1 February 2019 11:58 PM
To: Birding-aus NEW <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] List of recently extinct bird species (World)


Hi all,


This is interesting and worth a look:



Many in Australia and NZ. Including ssp.


Most extinctions are the result of humans.


It's Wiki so there will be some error (even the best of you have misidentified a bird in your time!). 


Anyone still around that saw the Cave-nesting masked owl on the Nullarbor?


Many have deeper links, for example:

 - Tasmanian emu "In 2018 the Austrian Natural History Museum in Weina displayed a taxidermed Tasmanian emu".

 - Kangaroo Island emu: "It was discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders and reported to be quite common around Nepean Bay". "Only existing skin of this subspecies, Natural History Museum of Geneva


Perhaps the Australian Museum (and Birdllfe Aus) can get the specimens out here (and put one of their night parrots on display).


Use Control F (or Apple Command F) and type country, gives you a count and easy to search by country.



Charles Hunter

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