Gallinago kakuki Steadman & Takano, 2016

West Indian snipe, Becasina Isleña



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gallinago undescribed species (Tyrberg, 2009:85)


Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene



Bahamian Archipelago, Cayman Islands & Cuba


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Steadman, David W. and Takano, Oona M. (2016). A new extinct species of Snipe (Aves: Scolopacidae: Gallinago) from the West Indies. Zootaxa 4109(3): 345-358. [Abstract]


Other references:

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.

Morgan GS (1994) Late Quaternary fossil vertebrates from the Cayman Islands. In Brunt MA and Davies JE, eds, The Cayman Islands: N atural History and Biogeography, pp. 465–508. Kluwer, Dordrecht.

Olson SL and Hilgartner WB (1982) Fossil and subfossil birds from the Bahamas. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 48, 22–56.

Orihuela, Johanset. (2019). An annotated list of late Quaternary extinct birds of Cuba. Ornitología Neotropical 30: 57-67.

Oswald, Jessica A. and Steadman, David W. (2018). The late Quaternary bird community of New Providence, Bahamas. The Auk 135(2): 359-377. [Abstract]

Sayol, Ferran, Steinbauer, Manuel J., Blackburn, Tim M., Antonelli, Alexandre and Faurby, Søren. (2020). Anthropogenic extinctions conceal widespread evolution of flightlessness in birds. Science Advances 6(49): eabb6095. [Supplementary Material (Data File S1)]

Steadman, D. W. and Franklin, J. (2014). Changes in a West Indian bird community since the late Pleistocene. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12418 [Abstract]

Steadman, David W. and Franklin, Janet. (2020). Bird populations and species lost to Late Quaternary environmental change and human impact in the Bahamas. PNAS. doi/10.1073/pnas.2013368117 [Supplementary Information]

Suárez, William. (2004). The enigmatic snipe Capella sp. (Aves: Scolopacidae) in the fossil record of Cuba. Caribbean Journal of Science 40(1): 155-157.

Suárez, William. (2022). Catalogue of Cuban fossil and subfossil birds. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 142(1): 10-74.

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.

Wetmore A (1937) Bird remains from cave deposits on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 80, 427–441.


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