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Hesperoburhinus bistriatus ssp. ‘Cuba’

Cuban Double-striped Thick-knee (Hesperoburhinus bistriatus ssp.)

This form, which may be identical to the Hispaniola Dominican Triel (Hesperoburhinus bistriatus ssp. dominicensis (Cory)), is only known from subfossil bones. 

It was probably hunted and exterminated by the first human settlers.

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References:  

[1] Storrs L. Olson: Fossil Birds of the Bahamas. Bahamas Naturalis 6(1):33-37. 1982 
[2] Sam T. Turvey: Holocene Extinctions. Oxford University Press, USA 2009

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edited: 03.10.2011