USA | A further 23 species were declared definitely extinct

(Washington) U.S. officials on Wednesday declared 23 species permanently extinct, the ivory woodpecker, once one of America’s largest birds, not found since 1944.

Of these 23 species, scientists have lost hope of seeing a living specimen again, including another bird, the Falkmans Warbler, two species of freshwater fish, eight species of clams and even a plant.

The Federal Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the species is “extinct,” they said in a statement. The process of removing them from the classification of endangered species has begun.

These extinctions illustrate how human activity pushes organisms into decline and extinction, which contributes to the loss of habitat, over-exploitation and the introduction of invasive species and diseases.

Extract from the Central Wildlife Conservation Service press release

“The growing effects of climate change are expected to exacerbate these threats,” he adds.

The ivory woodpecker belongs to the woodpecker family (including the finest woodpeckers). Its scars were black and white, the males had a red ridge, and it measured around two feet.

It was classified as an endangered species in 1967, especially because of its disappearance from the forest, but also by collectors.

Experts agree that he last saw the date April 1944, in northeastern Louisiana.

According to officials, these 23 species have been classified as endangered and very endangered.

They include eleven species from the island of Hawaii and Guam, as well as several species of bat and one species of bat.

Animals living on islands are at risk of extinction due to isolation. Hawaii and the Pacific Islands have more than 650 endangered plant and animal species, more than any other state in the United States. Many are nowhere else in the world.

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