Julian p hume and michael walters this is the first comprehensive review of the hundreds of bird species and subspecies that have become extinct over the last 1000 years of habitat degradation over hunting and rat introduction. Hume j p walters m 2012 extinct birds a c black poyser imprint 544 pp hume j p 2011 systematics morphology and ecology of pigeons and doves aves columbidae of the mascarene islands with three new species. Julian p hume is an author and artist at the natural history museum in tring uk with a long record of describing species new to science an expert on the extinct birds of the indian ocean he has dug for dodos on mauritius searched for flightless pigeons on the comoros and undertaken many other research expeditions around the world. Julian p hume initially trained as an artist before turning to science completing his doctorate in avian palaeontology on the extinct birds of the mascarene islands julian has travelled extensively especially to oceanic islands and has a long illustrative and scientific publication record. Extinct birds was the first comprehensive review of the hundreds of the bird species and subspecies that have become extinct over the last 1000 years of habitat degradation over hunting and rat introduction it has become the standard text on this subject covering both familiar icons of extinction as well as more obscure birds some known from just one specimen or from travellers tales
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