Bowdleria rufescens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Bowdleria rufescens
Species Authority: (Buller, 1869)
Common Name(s):
English Chatham Fernbird, Chatham Island Fernbird, Chatham Islands Fernbird
Megalurus rufescens rufescens Sibley and Monroe (1990, 1993)

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 formerly found on the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, but is thought to have gone Extinct around 1892 when the last specimen was collected. Habitat destruction and invasive species were probably the major causes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Bowdleria rufescens was endemic to Pitt and Mangere Islands in the Chatham Islands, New Zealand (Greenway 1967). It is thought to have gone extinct soon after the last specimen was taken in 1892 (Tennyson and Martinson 2006).

Regionally extinct:
New Zealand
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occupied low brushland.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It presumably declined to extinction due to habitat loss caused by burning and overgrazing by introduced goats and rabbits, and to predation by cats (Fleming 1939).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Bowdleria rufescens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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