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Vintage illustrations of birds from around the world that are now extinct. Over 100 bird species have disappeared since the 1600s mainly due to human activities. There are numerous reasons for birds' extinction including habitat loss, overhunting, and the introduction of non-native predators.

Flightless birds were particularly vulnerable to extinction as they were unable to escape from predators and as they were often endemic to remote islands had had little contact with other animal species so did not have an inbuilt fear. Once their homes were colonised by humans their curiosity got the better of them and they were either hunted to extinction or killed off by introduced predators.

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