Coenocorypha chathamica Forbes, 1893:545

Forbes' snipe, Extinct C.I. snipe (used by Williams, 1962:17)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gallinago chathamica Forbes, 1893:545; Coenocorypha chathamensis Forbes, 1893:545


Conservation Status


Last record: subfossil



Chatham Islands, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology







Above: Forbes' Snipe. Coenocorypha chathamica. From the series: Extinct Birds of New Zealand., 2005, Masterton, by Paul Martinson. Purchased 2006. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (2006-0010-1/51)



Original scientific description:

Forbes, H. O. (1893). A list of birds inhabiting the Chatham Islands. Ibis 6th series, 5: 232-237.


Other references:

Brodkorb, Pierce. (1967). Catalogue of fossil birds. Part 3 (Ralliformes, Ichthyornithiformes, Charadriiformes). Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 11: 99-220.

Holdaway, Richard N., Worthy, Trevor H. and Tennyson, Alan J. D. (2001). A working list of breeding bird species of the New Zealand region at first human contact. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 28: 119-187.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser.

Miskelly, C. M. (2013). Forbes’ snipe. In: Miskelly, C. M. (ed.). New Zealand Birds Online. Available from:

Robertson, H. A., Baird, K. A., Elliott, G. P., Hitchmough, R. A., McArthur, N. J., Makan, T. D., Miskelly, Colin M., O’Donnell, C. F. J., Sagar, P. M., Scofield, R. P., Taylor, G. A. and Michel, P. (2021). Conservation status of birds in Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 36. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 43 pp.

Hugh Robertson, John Dowding, Graeme Elliott, Rod Hitchmough, Colin Miskelly, Colin O’Donnell, Ralph Powlesland, Paul Sagar, Paul Scofield, Graeme Taylor. (2013). Conservation status of New Zealand birds, 2012. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 4. 22 pp.

Tennyson, A. and Martinson, P. (2006). Extinct Birds of New Zealand. Wellington: Te Papa Press.

Williams, G. R. (1962). Extinction and the land and freshwater-inhabiting birds of New Zealand. Notornis 10(1): 15-32.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Holdaway, Richard N. (2002). The Lost World of the Moa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


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