Great auk (Pinguinus impennis)
- 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.
Classified as Extinct (EX) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (September, 2009)