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Pezophaps solitaria

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AVES COLUMBIFORMES COLUMBIDAE

Scientific Name: Pezophaps solitaria
Species Authority: (Gmelin, 1789)
Common Name(s):
English Rodrigues Solitaire, Rodriguez Solitaire

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.
Justification:
This species was endemic to the island of Rodrigues, Mauritius, but was hunted to extinction in the 18th century. It was reported in 1761, but had become Extinct by 1778.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pezophaps solitaria was endemic to Rodrigues, Mauritius, from where it is known from numerous historical accounts (Cheke 1987), with those of Leguat in 1708 providing particularly rich detail (Hachisuka 1953), and many bones (Cowles 1987). It was very rare by 1761, when Pingré was informed of its presence. Morel reported in 1778 that the birds were certainly extinct (Cheke 1987).

Countries:
Regionally extinct:
Mauritius
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is likely to have inhabited dry forest and perhaps scrubland.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Birds were heavily hunted and predated by introduced cats.


Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Pezophaps solitaria. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 October 2014.
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