Date of disappearance: 1542
Special power: These are the highest flying birds on earth. They can cruise at 32,000 feet: a remarkable feat when you consider the oxygen demand that flying usually involves. They perform an extraordinary dance during the breeding season, springing from the ground and descending so slowly that they appear to be almost as light as air.
Status: Cranes re-established themselves in eastern England in the 1970s. They were introduced to the Somerset Levels in 2010