[Tweeters] the haunting beauty of a love song lost forever

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Thu May 26 03:32:56 PDT 2016


hi tweetsters,

just ran across this recording of the song of the (now) extinct kauai o'o:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDRY0CmcYNU&feature=youtu.be

this species was endemic to Kauai, as its name implies, where it lived
until 1987, when its song was recorded for the last time. this bird went
extinct due to a variety of factors -- all human-caused: invasive species
-- domestic pigs, rats, and disease-carrying mosquitos -- all introduced by
humans, combined with habitat destruction.

like listening to a rich symphony comprised of many varied instruments
where one by one, the instruments disappear, we are hearing the loss of
these many voices, one by one, until the only sounds left are human-created
sounds of exploitation and destruction.

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