Alectroenas rodericana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alectroenas rodericana
Species Authority: (Milne-Edwards, 1874)
Common Name(s):
English Rodrigues Blue-pigeon, Rodrigues Pigeon

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 endemic to the island of Rodrigues, Mauritius, but hunting has driven it Extinct. It was last recorded in 1726.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Alectroenas rodericana is known from subfossil bones from Rodrigues, Mauritius (Cowles 1987), and descriptions from Leguat in 1708 and from Tafforet in 1726 . It presumably became extinct in the first half of the 18th century (Cheke 1987).

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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Nothing is known, although it was probably simialr to other members of the genus.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The reasons for its extinction are probably hunting and the depredations of introduced rats.

Bibliography [top]

Cheke, A. S. 1987. An ecological history of the Mascarene Islands, with particular reference to extinctions and introductions of land vertebrates. In: Diamond, A.W. (ed.), Studies of Mascarene island birds, pp. 5-89. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Cowles, G. S. 1987. The fossil record. In: Diamond, A.W. (ed.), Studies of Mascarene Island birds, pp. 90-100. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.1). Available at: (Accessed: 19 June 2012).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Alectroenas rodericana. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. <>. Downloaded on 22 July 2014.
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