Microgoura meeki 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Aves Columbiformes Columbidae

Scientific Name: Microgoura meeki Rothschild, 1904
Common Name(s):
English Choiseul Pigeon, Kuvojo, Solomon Islands Crowned-pigeon, Solomons Crested Pigeon
Taxonomic Source(s): Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened Birds of the World, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-10-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species is known from Choiseul, Solomon Islands, but it has not been recorded since 1904 and is now Extinct. It is likely to have been heavily predated by introduced dogs and cats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Microgoura meeki was probably endemic to Choiseul, Solomon Islands, from where it is known from six skins and a single egg (Knox and Walters 1994). Claims that it may have occurred on islands from Bougainville to Malaita are speculative (Tennent 2009). It has not been recorded since 1904 (Diamond 1987) despite searching and interviews with villagers (Collar et al. 1994). There have been unsubstantiated reports from the early 1940s (Tennent 2009) and more recently (Pikacha 2005), but these are not considered to be accurate; it has often been confused with the extant Crested Cuckoo-dove (Reinwardtoena crassirostris) and Yellow-legged Pigeon (Columba pallidiceps) (Tennent 2009). There have been several unsuccessful searches for it (Dutson 2011) and it is now considered Extinct.

Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
Solomon Islands
Additional data:
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):NoEstimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):UnknownExtreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):No
Continuing decline in number of locations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations:No
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Population [top]

Population:No extant population remains.
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No
Continuing decline in subpopulations:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in subpopulations:NoAll individuals in one subpopulation:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It was probably a species of lowland forests and swamps, and reportedly nested on the ground (Tennent 2009). It occurred in small groups and was reported to be tame (Dutson 2011).

Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Unknown
Generation Length (years):5.3
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its extinction was presumably caused by predation by feral dogs and especially cats (Tennent 2009), as suitable habitat remains on the island (Collar et al. 1994).

Citation: BirdLife International. 2016. Microgoura meeki. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22691086A93302861. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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