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Purplebird

Purplebird Variant names:
Viking Bird, Welch's Grapebird, Barneybird, Purple Dodo

Scientific name:
Purplibus unum

Distinguishing characteristics:
EXTINCT

Song:
None (well, duh!)

Fun facts:

  • The last Purplebird pair of record in the United States was observed roosting in the hat of a woman riding in a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park in New York City in May of 1887.

  • A naturalist, studying one of the last viable colonies of Purplebirds in New Jersey in the spring of 1881, recorded that each morning while doing fieldwork he enjoyed an omelette made from goat cheese, tomatoes, onions, and three Purplebird eggs.
 

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