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SPECIES INFO

The Lord Howe Gerygone (Gerygone insularis), also known as the Lord Howe Island Flyeater or, locally, as the "Rain-bird" or "Pop-goes-the-weasel", was a small bird in the Acanthizidae family which was endemic to Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea, part of New South Wales, Australia. It was abundant in the forests of the island until the early 20th century. There have been no records of the species since 1928 and it is considered to be extinct. Its extinction is almost certainly due to predation by Black Rats which were accidentally introduced to the island in 1918 following the shipwreck of the SS Makambo there.

Notes
  1. ^ Hindwood, p.68.
  2. ^ Garnett & Crowley, p.477.





                                     



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