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Emberiza alcoveri Rando, Lopez & Segui

Long-legged Bunting (Emberiza alcoveri)

This species was described based on subfossil remains that had been found on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands.

The Long-legged Bunting had very long legs and short wings, which indicate that the species may even have been flightless, if so it would have been one of only a very, very few passerines that lost their flight abilities.

The species disappeared shortly after the Canary Islands were settled by the Guanches at around 1000 BCE.


edited: 17.04.2019