Grand Cayman Thrush

(Old Truss, Thrush) – Length 27cm (10.5″). A species endemic to Grand Cayman and found and nowhere else in the world. Common, when first described in 1886, it was already very rare by the turn of the century. The last reported sighting was in 1938, in the dense forest of East End. Intensive searches in 1965, 1966 and 1967 failed to produce any sightings. The Grand Cayman Thrush was declared extinct. Habitat destruction through deforestation and the compounding effects of hurricane damage are regarded as being the primary causes of the loss of this unique bird. Active conservation is essential if our local birdlife, and the habitat on which it depends, are to be preserved for the future. Our choice is simple. We can take action now… or we can wait until the sad story of the Grand Cayman Thrush is repeated. The Cayman Islands currently supports 17 endemic subspecies of birds. When an endemic species or subspecies is lost, it is lost to the world. Their preservation is the duty of the people of the Cayman Islands – our national responsibility to global biodiversity.

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