Vermilion flycatcher in the Pantanal, Brazil

Vermilion flycatcher in the Pantanal, Brazil via Wikipedia

Not one but two previously unknown subspecies of Vermilion Flycatcher songbirds have been identified by researchers on the Galápagos Islands. Normally, this would be seen as fantastic news.  Unfortunately, the newly-discovered San Cristóbal Island Vermilion Flycatcher – the smaller of the two – has not been seen since 1987. It is considered to be the first modern day extinction of a Galápagos bird species… Read the rest of this entry