Bar-winged rail

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Bar-winged rail
Drawing from 1867
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Nesoclopeus
Species: N. poecilopterus
Binomial name
Nesoclopeus poeciloptera
(Hartlaub, 1866)
  • Hypotaenidia poeciloptera

The bar-winged rail (Nesoclopeus poeciloptera) was a species of bird in the family Rallidae. It was endemic to Fiji and was last collected ca 1890 in Viti Levu. The species was identified from twelve 19th century specimens, some of which are known to be in Boston, London and New York. The last unconfirmed sighting of this bird was in 1973.



It was a flightless island ground-nesting forest/freshwater swamp dweller and is believed to have disappeared after the introduction of the mongoose and cats to the islands.


  • University of Wisconsin Reference [1] Downloaded 22 December 2007.

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