Thinornis novaeseelandiae rossii Gray, 1845

Auckland Island(s) shore plover, Ross’s plover



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Thinornis Rossii G.R. Gray, 1845: in Richardson & J.E. Gray (Eds), Zool. Voy. ‘Erebus’ & ‘Terror’, Birds 1(8): 12, pl. 11 – Auckland Island.; Thinornis Rossi G.R. Gray; Anon. 1870, Cat. Colonial Mus.: 74. Unjustified emendation.


Listed as a synonym of Thinornis novaeseelandiae by (Checklist Committee (OSNZ), 2022:71), who note that further investigation into its taxonomic status is worth pursuing.


Conservation Status


Last record: 1840



Auckland Islands, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Gray, G.R. (1845). Part 3. Birds. In: Richardson, J. & Gray, J.E. (eds). The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus and Terror, under the command of Capt. Sir James Clark Ross during the years 1839 to 1843. Vol.1. London.


Other references:

Checklist Committee (OSNZ). (2022). Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand (5th edition). Ornithological Society of New Zealand Occasional Publication No. 1. Wellington: Ornithological Society of New Zealand. [p. 71]

Fleming, Charles (1939). Birds of the Chatham Islands. Part III: The Shore Plover. Emu 39(1): 1-15.

Fuller, Errol. (1987). Extinct Birds. London: Viking/Rainbird. 256 pp.

Gill, Brian J.; Bell, B. D.; Chambers, G. K.; Medway, D. G.; Palma, R. L.; Scofield, R. P.; Tennyson, A. J. D.; Worthy, T. H. (2010). Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand (4th ed.). Wellington, N.Z.: Te Papa Press.

Greenway, James C. (1967). Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Dover. 520 pp.

Hayman, P., Marchant, J., and Prater, T. (1986). Shorebirds. An Identification Guide to the Waders of the World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 412 pp.

Kirwan, Guy M. and Collar, Nigel J. (2020). Reflections on Thinornis rossii. Notornis 67: 773-781.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292. [p. 127]

Miskelly, C.M.; Elliott, G.P.; Parker, G.C.; Rexer- Huber, K.; Russ, R.B.; Taylor, R.H.; Tennyson, A.J.D. & Walker, K.J. 2020. Birds of the Auckland Islands, New Zealand subantarctic. Notornis 67: 59-151.

Miskelly, C.M. & Taylor, R.H. 2020. Ornithological discovery, exploration, and research on the Auckland Islands, New Zealand subantarctic. Notornis 67: 11-58.


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