Gallicolumba nui Steadman, 1992:330

Great ground dove, Giant ground dove, Immense grounddove



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene



Mangaia, Cook Islands (southern); Society Islands; Tuamotus; & Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Steadman, David W. (1992). New species of Gallicolumba and Macropygia (Aves: Columbidae) from archeological sites in Polynesia. In: Papers in Avian Paleontology Honoring Pierce Brodkorb, ed Jonathan J. Becker Science series Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County 36: 329-348.


Other references:

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

Kirchman, Jeremy J. and Steadman, David William. (2006). New Species of Rails (Aves: Rallidae) From an Archaeological Site on Huahine, Society Islands. Pacific Science 60: 281-297.

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. (1995). Prehistoric Extinctions of Pacific Island Birds: Biodiversity Meets Zooarchaeology. Science 267(5201): 1123-1131.

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

Steadman DW and Justice LJ (1998) Prehistoric exploitation of birds on Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. Man and Culture in Oceania 14, 81–98.

Steadman DW and Kirch PV (1990) Prehistoric extinction of birds on Mangaia, Cook Islands, Polynesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 87: 9605-9609.

Steadman, David W. and Pahlavan, Dominique S. (1992). Extinction and biogeography of birds on huahine, society islands, French polynesia. Geoarchaeology 7(5): 449-483. [Abstract]

Steadman DW and Rolett B (1996) A chronostratigraphic analysis of the extinction of landbirds on Tahuata, Marquesas Islands. Journal of Archaeological Science 23, 81–94.

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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