Gallirallus huiatua Steadman, Worthy, Anderson & Walter

Niue Rail (Gallirallus huiatua)

This species was described in the year 2000 on the basis of subfossil bone remains.

The Niue Rail was slightly smaller than the Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis ssp. goodsoni Mathews), which still inhabits Niue, but unlike the Buff-banded Rail, the Niue Rail was flightless.

The species was extirpated by the Polynesian inhabitans of the island at around 1500 A.D..

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References:

[1] David W. Steadman, Trevor H. Worthy, Atholl J. Anderson, Richard Walter: New species and records of birds from prehistoric sites on Niue, Southwest Pacific. The Wilson Bulletin 112(2): 165-186. 2000
[2] David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006

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