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Bermuda Crow - a distinct extinct species? (1 Viewer)


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Here is another mysterious case of a bird which is only by anecdotal reports but seemingly not by a fossil record:

"Bermuda historically had a species of crow that was considered endemic to the islands; however it was exterminated during the early years of human colonization (Wingate, 1975a; Dobson, 2002)."


Wingate, D.B. 1975a. The common crow in Bermuda. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries monthly bulletin 45(1): 2-6.
Wingate, D.B. 1975b. The common crow in Bermuda, Part 2. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries monthly bulletin 45(2): 13-15.
Dobson, A. 2002. A birdwatching guide to Bermuda. Arlequin Press. Pp 138-139.

Here is the original report by John Smith

"Fowles, as the gray and white Hearne, the gray and greene Plover, some wilde Ducks and Malards, Coots and Red-shankes, Sea-wigions, Gray-bitterns, Cormorants, numbers of small Birds like Sparrowes and Robins, which have lately beene destroyed by the wilde Cats, Wood-pickars, very many Crowes, which since this Plantation are kild, the rest fled or seldome seene except in the most uninhabited places, from whence they are observed to take their flight about sun set, directing their course towards the North-west, which makes many coniecture there are some more Ilands not far off that way."


John Smith: The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: with the Names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours from their first beginning, An: 1584. to this present 1624. With the Procedings of Those Severall Colonies and the Accidents that befell them in all their Journyes and Discoveries. Also the Maps and Descriptions of all those Countryes, their Commodities, people, Government, Customes, and Religion yet knowne. Divided into Sixe Bookes. By Captaine Iohn Smith, sometymes Governour in those Countryes & Admirall of New England. London: printed by I. D. and I. H. for Michael Sparkes 1624


The American Crow was introduced to Bermuda in 1838

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