Upupa antaios


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Upupa antaios
Species Authority: Olson, 1975
Common Name(s):
English St Helena Hoopoe

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 formerly occurred on St Helena, but is now Extinct. It was presumably driven to extinction by hunting soon after the island was discovered in 1502.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Upupa antaios was a giant, flightless hoopoe, endemic to St Helena (to UK) (Olson 1975b). It is known only from bones and is thought to have become extinct soon after the discovery of the island in 1502.

Regionally extinct:
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Nothing is known, though it is likely to have been similar to the extant Upupa species.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The causes of extinction are unknown (Olson 1975b), but presumably it was hunted to extinction by people and introduced predators.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Upupa antaios. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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