Cambridge, United Kingdom (AHN) – A small diving bird endemic to Madagascar has become extinct, according to bird conservation group BirdLife International.
The Alaotra Grebe, which lives in the Madagascar’s largest lake, the Alaotra, has not been seen for 25 years prompting BirdLife to declare it extinct.
BirdLife blamed the extinction of the Alaotra Grebe to the introduction of a non-native, carnivorous fish, the snakehead murrel, in its habitat. It also claimed that nylon fishing net trapped the bird drowning them.
The extinction of the Alaotra Grebe brings to 132 the number of birds that went extinct since 1600, according to BirdLife.