Gerygone insularis   (Ramsay)


 
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Lord Howe Gerygone; Lord Howe Warbler
(Gerygone insularis)

 
syn. Gerygone igata insularis (Ramsay), Gerygone thorpei (Ramsay), Pseudogerygone insularis (Ramsay)

 
distribution:

Australia: Lord Howe Island

 
local name:

Pop-goes-the-Weasel (English)
Rain-bird (English)

 
size: 12 cm (length)

extinction date: sometimes after 1918

 
At the 15. Juni 1918, the Makambo, an Australian steamer, run onto ground on a sandbank near Neds Beach at the northern end of Lord Howe Island, where it lay for nine days, until its reparation.

During this time some rats escaped from the ship, and reached the island in this way. During the following years these rats managed to extirpate nearly all of the endemic bird species of Lord Howe Island as well as numerous additional endemic animal species.

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Among the extirpated species was also the Lord Howe Gerygone, an inconspicuously coloured, 12 cm long bird, which was called 'Rainbird' by the inhabitans of the island, because it was obviously most active shortly after rainfall.

 
left:

Lord Howe Gerygone (Gerygone insularis)


Depiction: Alexander Lang

 
References:

- A. F. Basset Hull: The Birds of Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands. The Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 34: 636-693. 1909
- Dieter Luther: Die ausgestorbenen Vögel der Welt. Westarp Wissenschaften 1986