Ducula aurorae wilkesii (Peale, 1848:203)

Tahitian imperial-pigeon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Carpophaga wilkesii Peale, 1848:203 (original combination)


No longer considered a valid subspecies.


Conservation Status


Last record: 1986-1990 or later (but before 1998)

IUCN RedList status: "may already be extinct"



Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Peale, Titian Ramsay. (1848). United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. VIII. Mammalia and ornithology. Philadelphia: C. Sherman.

Other references:

Baptista, L. F., Trail, P. W., Horblit, H. M. and Boesman, P. (2017). Polynesian Imperial-pigeon (Ducula aurorae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 October 2017).

BirdLife International. (2017). Ducula aurorae. (amended version published in 2016) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22691668A113053997. Downloaded on 22 October 2017.

Monnet, C., Thibault, J. and Varney, A. (1993). Stability and changes during the twentieth century in the breeding landbirds of Tahiti (Polynesia). Bird Conservation International 3: 261-280.

Thibault, Jean-Claude and Cibois, Alice. (2006). Une situation favorable pour le Rupe de Makatea. Te Manu 54: 2-3.

Thibault, Jean-Claude and Cibois, Alice. (2017). Birds of Eastern Polynesia: A Biogeographic Atlas. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. 438 pp.


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