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Aphanapteryx bonasia - Red Rail (Red Hen)
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Description

Scientific Name

Aphanapteryx bonasia

English Name

Red rail, Red hen

Local English Name

 

French Name

 

Local French Name

 

Creole Name

 

Habitat

Terrestrial; Freshwater

Geographic Range

Mauritius

Status

Extinct around 1675

First Description

Sélys-Longchamps, 1848

 
Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Sub class
Super order
Order
Family
Sub-Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves


Gruiformes
Rallidae


Aphanapteryx bonasia, Kuina mundyi and Pezocrex herberti are synonyms

 

Red Rail Aphanapteryx bonasia was endemic to Mauritius from where it is known from a number of travelers' accounts and illustrations, and from numerous bones.

It was mentioned to have become rare by Leguat in 1693, and there were no further reports, so the species, which was flightless and palatable, was presumably hunted to extinction around 1700.

Taxonomy Kuina mundyi and Pezocrex herberti are synonyms.

Also called ‘the red rail with a woodcock beak’. This bird lived exclusively in Mauritius and was a contemporary to the Dodo. It disappeared at the end of the XVIIth century, around 1675, probably for the same reasons as the Dodo, i.e having been decimated not only by human beings but mainly by the newly introduced predators (rats, dogs, pigs) brought by the Dutch on the island.

. . .
. Extinct Birds

Index
Dodo
Blue Pigeon
Broad-billed Parrot
Grey Parrot
Mascarene Coot
Mauritian Duck
Mauritius Owl
Mascarene Swan
Mauritius Night Heron
Red Rail
Bourbon Crested Starling

Rodrigues Solitaire
Rodrigues Night Heron
Rodrigues Little Owl
Rodrigues Owl
Newton's Parakeet
Rodrigues Parrot
Rodrigues Pigeon
Rodrigues Rail
Rodrigues Starling

 

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. References

BirdLife International 2003 BirdLife's online World Bird Database: the site for bird conservation. Version 2.0. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. Available: http://www.birdlife.org (accessed 1/9/2003)

 

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IUCN Red List
Birdlife International
The Mauritius Institute

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