Coua delalandei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Coua delalandei
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1827)
Common Name(s):
English Snail-eating Coua, Delalande's Coua
French Coua de Delalande

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species was endemic to Madagascar, but is now Extinct. It has not been reported since 1834 and likely succumbed to the complete destruction of its native forest.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Coua delalandei is known from 13 specimens, all apparently collected on Ile de Sainte-Marie (Nosy Boraha), Madagascar, with the most recent from 1834 (Collar and Stuart 1985). Reports from 1930 (WCMC 1992) are unfounded, and it is now considered extinct (Collar et al. 1994).

Regionally extinct:
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It was a terrestrial species of primary rainforest (Collar and Stuart 1985).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The complete deforestation of Ile de Sainte-Marie was presumably the ultimate cause of its extinction (Goodman 1993). Snaring for feathers and food and predation by introduced rats may also have contributed to the species's demise (Collar et al. 1994).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Coua delalandei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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