Great ground dove

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Great ground dove
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Alopecoenas
Species: A. nui
Binomial name
Alopecoenas nui
Steadman, 1992[1]

Gallicolumba nui

The great ground dove (Alopecoenas nui) is an extinct species of bird in the family Columbidae. It was found in Mangaia in the southern Cook Islands,[2] and in French Polynesia where subfossil bones between 1-2000 years old have been found in the Marquesas, as well as between 750-1250 years old at the Fa'ahia early occupation site on Huahine in the Society Islands.[3]


  1. ^ Steadman (1992).
  2. ^ Steadman (2006).
  3. ^ Kirchman & Steadman (2006).


  • Kirchman, Jeremy J.; & Steadman, David W. (Online publication 2006). New Species of Rails (Aves: Rallidae) From an Archaeological Site on Huahine, Society Islands. Pacific Science 60: 281.[1]
  • Steadman, David W. (1992). New species of Gallicolumba and Macropygia (Aves: Columbidae) from archeological sites in Polynesia. In: Papers in Avian Paleontology Honoring Pierce Brodkorb, ed Jonathan J. Becker Science series Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 36 (1992): 329-348.
  • Steadman, David W. (2006). Extinction and biogeography of tropical Pacific birds. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-77142-7
  • Steadman, David W.; & Pahlavan, Dominique S. (Online publication 21 December 2006). Extinction and biogeography of birds on huahine, society islands, French Polynesia. Geoarchaeology 7(5): 449-483.[2]