Mangaia crake

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Mangaia crake
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Porzana
Species: P. rua
Binomial name
Porzana rua
Steadman, 1986[1]

The Mangaia crake (Porzana rua) is an extinct species of flightless bird in the rail family, Rallidae.

History[edit]

The crake was described in 1986 from subfossil bones of late Holocene age found in caves on the island of Mangaia, in the southern Cook Islands of East Polynesia. The cause of its extinction is ascribed to a combination of predation and habitat alteration following human settlement of the island and the introduction of exotic mammals.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steadman, D. W. (1986). "Two new species of rails (Aves: Rallidae) from Mangaia, Southern Cook Islands". Pacific Science. 40 (1): 27–43.