Alectroenas sp. nov. 'Réunion'

Réunion blue pigeon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: cf. Alectroenas undescribed species (Tyrberg, 2009:87)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1619 (Cheke, 2013)



Réunion Island, Mascarene Islands


Biology & Ecology










Bontekoe, H. V. (1650). Journal ofte Gedenkwaerdige beschrij-vinge van de Ost-Indische Reyse van Willem ljs-brantsz. Bonte-Koe van Hoorn. Begrijpende veel wonderlijcke ende gevaerlijcke saecken hem daer in wedervaren. Begonnen den 18. December 1618. En voleynd den 16 November 1625. 139 pp. Amsterdam, (Hartgers).

Bontekoe, W. Y. (1646). Journal ofte Gedenkwaerdige beschrijvinghe vande Oost-Indische Reyse van Willem Ijbrantz Bontekoe van Hoorn. Hoorn: Jan Jansz Deutel.

Cheke, Anthony S. (2013). Extinct birds of the Mascarenes and Seychelles - a review of the causes of extinction in the light of an important new publication on extinct birds. Phelsuma 21: 4-19.

Cheke, Anthony S. and Hume, Julian Pender. (2008). Lost Land of the Dodo: An Ecological History of Mauritius, Réunion & Rodrigues. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 464 pp.

Dubois, (Sieur). (1674). Les voyages faits par le sieur D.B. aux isles Dauphine ou Madagascar et Bourbon ou Mascarenne es annees 1669, 70, 71, et 72. 234 pp. Paris (Claude Barbin).

Hume, Julian Pender. (2011). Systematics, morphology, and ecology of pigeons and doves (Aves: Columbidae) of the Mascarene Islands, with three new species. Zootaxa 3124: 1-62. [Abstract]

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.

Hume, Julian Pender, Ribes, S., Mourer-Chauviré, C. and Bour, R. (2006). Les animaux disparus. Réunion: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, St Denis.

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

Mourer-Chauviré, C., Bour, R., Ribes, S. and Moutou, F. (1999) The Avifauna of Reunion Island (Mascarene Islands) at the Time of the Arrival of the First Europeans, pp 1-38. In: Olson, Storrs L. (ed.). Avian Paleontology at the Close of the 20th Century: Proceedings of the 4th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Washington, D.C., 4-7 June 1996. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 89. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

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)]

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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