Circus alphonsi (Newton & Gadow, 1893)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Astur alphonsi Newton & Gadow, 1893 (original combination); Accipiter alphonsi (Newton & Gadow, 1893)


Circus alphonsi was synonymized with the extant C. maillardi by Mourer-Chauviré et al. 2004.


Conservation Status




Mauritius, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Newton, Alfred and Gadow, Hans Friedrich (1893). On additional bones of the Dodo and other extinct birds of Mauritius obtained by Mr. Théodore Sauzier. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 13: 281-302.


Other references:

Barnwell, P. J. (1948). Visits and Despatches 1598–1948. 306 pp. Port Louis, Mauritius (Standard Printing Establishment).

Hume, Julian Pender. (2013). A synopsis of the pre-human avifauna of the Mascarene Islands, pp. 195-237. In: Göhlich, U.B. & Kroh, A. (eds.). Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien.

Mourer-Chauviré, C., Bour, Roger and Ribes, S. (2004). The taxonomic identity of Circus alphonsi (Newton & Gadow 1893), the extinct harrier from Mauritius. Ibis 146(1): 168-172. [Abstract]

Rijsdijk, K. al. (2009). Mid-Holocene vertebrate bone concentration-lagerstätte on oceanic island Mauritius provides a window into the ecosystem of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus). Quaternary Science Revues 28: 14-24.


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