Great auk (Pinguinus impennis)

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Great auk adult specimen
IUCN Red List species status – Extinct EXTINCT

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  • The great auk was once found across the North Atlantic but is now extinct.
  • Known as the penguin of the north, the great auk was the only flightless auk.
  • The great auk was heavily hunted in the mid 1800s, with feathers, meat, fat and oil in high demand.
  • The great auk was finally driven to extinction by collectors wanting increasingly precious specimens.
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Great auk description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderCharadriiformes
FamilyAlcidae
GenusPinguinus (1)

Information on the great auk is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

French
Grand Pingouin.
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Great auk status

Classified as Extinct (EX) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Extinct

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (September, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Great auk adult specimen  
Great auk adult specimen

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