Sunday, 23 August 2015

Extinct - the Norfolk Island Kaka

Another beautiful bird vanished from our planet forever, the fifth in the series of blog posts about the extinct birds I resurrected during the Ghosts of Gone Birds live studio is the Norfolk Island Kaka.

Endemic to Norfolk Island, this Kaka was hunted by the settlers that arrived in 1788 when a penal colony was established on the island.  As well as stocking the cook-pots of the newcomers, the beautiful Norfolk Island Kaka was trapped as a pet; the last known bird of the species died in captivity in London in 1851.

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