Ducula lakeba Worthy, 2001

Lakeba imperial pigeon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status




Lakeba, Fiji


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: Fiji Museum, Archaeology Department 197-3-W-1-6, 6.

Type locality: "Qara-ni-puqa Rockshelter (site 197), Lakeba Island, Fiji Group"



n=18 (see Worthy, 2001)






Original scientific description:

Worthy, Trevor H. (2001). A giant flightless pigeon, sp. nov., and a new species of Ducula (Aves: Columbidae) from Quatenary deposits in Fiji. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 31: 763-794.


Other references:

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser. 544 pp.

Irwin, G., Worthy, Trevor H., Best, S., Hawkins, S., Carpenter, J. and Matararaba, S. (2011). Further Investigations at the Naigani Lapita site (VL 21/5), Fiji: Excavation, Radiocarbon Dating and Palaeofaunal Extinction. Journal of Pacific Archaeology 2: 66-78.

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, David W. (2006). Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. xiv + 594 pp.

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.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Clark, Geoffrey. (2009). Bird, mammal and reptile remains, pp. 231-258. In: Clark, Geoffrey and Anderson, Atholl (eds.). Terra Australis 31: The Early Prehistory of Fiji. Canberra: ANU Press.


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