Dysmoropelia dekarchiskos Olson, 1975:29

St. Helena dove, St. Helena pigeon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: subfossil

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


This species was previously listed as Extinct in the IUCN Red List (i.e. prior to version 2014.2), but is now thought not to have survived until 1500 AD which is the arbitrary cut-off for recognized taxa.



St. Helena


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Olson, Storrs L. (1975). Paleornithology of St Helena Island, south Atlantic Ocean. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 23: 1-49.


Other references:

Ashmole, N. P. (1963). The extinct avifauna of St Helena Island. Ibis 103b(3): 390-408.

Ashmole, N. P. and Ashmole, M. J. (2000). St Helena and Ascension Island: A Natural History. Oswestry, U.K.: Anthony Nelson.

BirdLife International. (2012). Dysmoropelia dekarchiskos. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 24 August 2013.

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

Lewis, C. A. (2008). The Late Glacial and Holocene avifauna of the Island of St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 63(2): 128-144.

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)]

Temple, R. C. (ed.). (1914). The travels of Peter Mundy in Europe and Asia, 1608-1667. Hakluyt Society: SII, 35(2): 1-437. London.

Tiele, P. A. (ed.). The voyage of John Huygen van Linschoten to the East Indies from the Old English translation of 1598. The first book, containing his description of the east. Hakluyt Society SI, 71(2): 1-341.


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