Over the coming decades, species are predicted to go extinct at 1000 times the historical natural rate. In 100 years, the planet may lose up to 50 percent of all species alive today. Hear the song of the last Kauai O’o bird and learn more about what is causing mass extinction.
While it’s a far-fetched idea, that was the thought going through the heads of researchers in 1987 as they recorded the last male Kauai ‘O’o bird singing on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi.
By 1987, there was only one left — a single male. In the video below, you can hear the last mating song of the Kauai ‘O’o bird as he calls out to a mate that would never answer. The haunting beauty of a love song lost amidst the shrill sounds of commercial exploitation.