from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An earth-burrowing, nocturnal bird (Pterodroma cahow), once abundant in Bermuda but now nearly extinct, with a hooked black beak, brown and white plumage, and a gray underside. Also called Bermuda petrel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An endangered burrowing, nocturnal bird, Pterodroma cahow, from Bermuda; the Bermuda petrel
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A local name for a sea-bird, presumably a species of Puffinus, formerly abundant on the Bermudas, now supposed to be extinct. By some ornithologists it is considered to be the existing Puffinus obscurus.
These are the cahow, or Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow), and the locally-termed "chick-of-the-village" (Vireo griseus bermudianus), a subspecies of the white-eyed vireo that has shorter wings, a larger head, and stout legs.
Birds that were overlooked by humans were quickly consumed by introduced pigs, and as a result the cahow was thought to be extinct as early as the mid-1600s.
Bermuda holds the distinction of having passed the first conservation laws in the New World, protecting the cahow (Pterodroma cahow) and other birds as early as 1616 and limiting the uses of native cedar as early as 1622.
Highly endangered endemics include the Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow), whose nesting sites are currently restricted to a few outlying islets, and the Bermuda skink (Eumeces longirostris).
Bermuda’s isolation led to the evolution of many endemic species, including the endangered Bermuda petrel (Pterodroma cahow), the Bermuda skink (Eumeces longirostris), and many endemic invertebrates.