Porphyrio sp. 'New Ireland'


 
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New Ireland Swamphen
(Porphyrio sp.)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Papua New Guinea: New Ireland

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: ca. 400 A.D.

 
This up to now unnamed, flightless species has been described from about nineteen bones from the island of New Ireland.

It excelled all other members of its genus by its size, but was perhaps no ponderous bird.

 
References:

- David W. Steadman; J. Peter White; Jim Allen: Prehistoric birds from New Ireland, Papua New Guinea: Extinctions on a large Melanesian island. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Vol. 96, pp. 2563-2568, March 1999
- David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006