Rare: The Demiss of the Dusky Sparrow

Dusky Seaside Sparrow – 0 (number remaining)

Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida

Slipping into extinction almost unnoticed, the dusky seaside sparrow—found mainly on Florida’s Merritt Island—declined from some 3,000 pairs to none. Its salt marsh habitat was impounded for mosquito control and taken over by the space program. The last dusky died in 1987.

*** Rare is currently on display at the National Geographic Museum:



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