Largest species of bird to become extinct in modern times
The biggest bird to become extinct in modern times was the Arabian ostrich (Struthio camelus syriacus), which was common in the desert regions of Syria and Arabia until the first world war (1914-18), but afterwards was hunted for its plumes, and was also pursued by hunters in jeeps and shot for sport. The only type of ostrich found outside Africa, the last confirmed specimen of the Arabian ostrich was shot in Bahrain in 1941, but there is a controversial record of one allegedly being discovered drowned in a flash flood as recently as 1966.