BirdLife blamed chick-eating bass fish that were introduced to Lake Alaotra and the use of nylon fishing nets that drown the birds.

A similar fate appears to loom for the zapata rail bird, native to the swamps of western Cuba where it is threatened by mongooses and catfish once alien to the area.

The rail, which is now listed as critically endangered, was first described by American ornithologist James Bond, who inspired the name of Ian Fleming’s iconic spy.

via Madagascar bird declared extinct | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

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