Extinct: Great Auk: These auks were flightless penguins from the Atlantic. They were one of the largest auks standing about 30-34 inches high. They had white and glossy black feathers, and were once seen in huge numbers in the northern frigid areas. Records show that they were hunted to extinction in these places.
The Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a large, flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the mid-19th century. It was the only modern species in the genus Pinguinus, a group of birds that formerly included one other species of flightless giant auk from the Atlantic Ocean region.
SERPENTINE, SILVER GILT AND ENAMEL BELL PUSH, CIRCA 1890 AND LATER The white and burgundy guilloché enamel bell push to an ivory back, circa 1910, surmounted by a carved serpentine 'Great Auk' its eyes highlighted with circular-cut rubies, circa 1890.
Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) flightless sea bird. Habitat: rocky and isolated islands. Funk islands was the largest breeding colony. Estimated to have had a maximum population in the millions. Extermination began with a slaughter for food and eggs by local inhabitants, but its fate was sealed when feather became fashion. The last colony of Great Auks is believed to be lived on Geirfuglasker (the "Great Auk Rock") off Iceland. THIS SPECIES IS EXTINCT.