Porphyrio kukwiedei

It is known only from subfossil remains, and it is not known when it became extinct. However a passage from an 1860 article refers to birds the size of turkeys being present in marshy areas of New Caledone, suggesting that it may have survived into historic times. The native name n'dino is thought to refer to this bird.

The Porphyrio kukwiedei is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

Summary Porphyrio kukwiedei is known only from subfossil remains from New Caledonia (to France)1. However, a passage from Verreaux and des Murs written in 1860 notes the presence of birds the size of turkeys in marshy areas, and so it is possible that the species survived into the 19th century1. Ecology: It probably inhabited marshland. Threats Hunting and the depredations of introduced predators are likely to have driven it to extinction. References 1. Balouet and Olson (1989). More

The New Caledonia Gallinule ( Porphyrio kukwiedei ) was a species of bird in the Rallidae family. It was endemic to New Caledonia . It became extinct due to habitat loss . It is known only from subfossil remains, and it is not Last Modification 2010/2/21 20:16:10http://en.wikipedia. More

Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Porphyrio
Species : kukwiedei
Authority : Balouet and Olson, 1989