Dendrocygna sp. nov. 'Aitutaki'

Polynesian whistling duck



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: cf Dendrocygna undescribed sp (Milberg & Tyrberg, 1993:245); cf. Dendrocygna undescribed species (Tyrberg, 2009:65)


Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene



Aitutaki, Cook Islands


Biology & Ecology










Allen, M. S. and Steadman, David W. (1990). Excavations at the Ureia Site, Aitutaki, Cook Islands: Preliminary Results. Archaeology in Oceania 25(1): 24-37. [Abstract]

Milberg, Per and Tyrberg, Tommy. (1993). Naïve birds and noble savages - a review of man-caused prehistoric extinctions of island birds. Ecography 16: 229-250.

Steadman, David W. (1991). Extinct and extirpated birds from Aitutaki and Atiu, Southern Cook Islands. Pacific Science 45(4): 325-347.

Steadman DW (2006) Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Paci; c Birds. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.


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