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Extinct species #3; South Island Snipe

Posted Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 20:03 by Rick and Elis
South Island Snipe, Coenocorypha iredalei.
Formally considered a subspecies of Subantarctic Snipe C. aucklandica. This is still considered a subspecies by IUCN

History: This species once lived across South Island and Stewart Island and its surrounding islets. It became extinct on South Island after its occupation by humans coming from Polynesia. It survived on nine smaller islands until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1964 there was an attempt to relocate the remaining birds to rat free islands but they died in captivity and the species was considered extinct. There have been no acceptable records since.
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Dont know if you saw the recently uploaded photo of the very rare Campbell Island Snipe that was put in the gallery & opus in the last weeks or so.
Posted Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 07:47 by Marmot Marmot is offline
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