Cyprus Dipper

Cyprus Dipper
Conservation status: Extinct (1950)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cinclidae
Genus: Cinclus
Species: C. cinclus
Subspecies: C. c. olympicus
Trinomial name
Cinclus cinclus olympicus
(Tschusi, 1904)

The Cyprus Dipper Cinclus cinclus olympicus was endemic to Cyprus. It was a stream wader in the montane forests of the island. This insectivorous bird was last observed ca. 1950 on Cyprus. It disappeared after deforestation.

However, it seems that this subspecies is not recognized as a valid subspecies anymore. It was probably a population that had come from some Greece islands or perhaps the mainland of Turkey, as DNA research made on this bird on some neighbouring island shows that it are the same kind of bird that once lived on Cyprus.


The Extinction Website

Cyprus, Nature

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