Zapornia nigra


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Zapornia nigra
Species Authority: (J.F. Miller, 1784)
Common Name(s):
English Miller's Rail
Porzana nigra (J.F. Miller, 1784)
Taxonomic Notes: Zapornia nigra (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Porzana.

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 known from Tahiti, but presumably went Extinct soon after it was last described in 1784. Introduced predators are likely to have been responsible.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Zapornia nigra is known from two illustrations, one by Forster from Tahiti, French Polynesia, from Cook's second voyage (1772-1775), and the other by Miller from 1784, and by subsequent descriptions by Latham and Gmelin. It presumably became extinct soon after (Walters 1988).

Regionally extinct:
French Polynesia
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Nothing is known.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Introduced predators are likely to have led to its demise.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Zapornia nigra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 August 2015.
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