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PLANET EARTH SUNRISE SUNSETS has over 5,000 members and over 114,000 photos and videos.
PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE has over 3,000 members and over 173,000 photos and videos.
Estimated population: Two to five individuals
ICUN Status: Critically Endangered
Location: Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas
After declining for decades, the total population of the Bahama Nuthatch was estimated to be 1,800 in 2004. In just three years, subsequent hurricanes destroyed remaining habitat, reducing the number to 23. When Hurricane Matthew struck the island of Grand Bahama in 2016, the nuthatch disappeared, and some feared it was extinct. In 2018, researchers rediscovered the bird. Surveys this year, however, failed to find any birds. ABC is working with a local partner to support ongoing search efforts. The Bahama Nuthatch faces various suspected threats, including habitat destruction and degradation, invasive predatory species, fire, and hurricane damage.
The Bahama Nuthatch is closely related to the Brown-headed Nuthatch of the southeastern United States, but can be distinguished by its longer beak, shorter wings, whiter belly, and vocalizations. The bird is only known from native pine forest on Grand Bahama Island, which lies approximately 100 miles off Palm Beach, Fla.
PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group has over 1,600 members and over 130,000 photos and videos.
BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hirundo rustica
POPULATION: 41 million (Americas), 190 million (world)
HABITAT: Breeds in open country including pastures, meadows, and farmland, often near water. Winters in a variety of open habitats.
No bird in North America is better known as a welcome companion and a useful friend to the farmer, as it courses about the barnyard in pursuit of the troublesome insects that annoy both man and beast.
The Barn Swallow seems to benefit from life around people, as long as its prey remains abundant. The species is found around the world, as are the Short-eared Owl, Golden Eagle, Dunlin, and a handful of other bird species.
PLANET EARTH LANDSCAPES has over 7,000 members and over 343,000 photos and videos.