Natunaornis gigoura Worthy, 2001:767

Viti Levu giant pigeon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status




Viti Levu, Fiji


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: MNZ S37484 (left tarsometatarsus)

Type locality: "Udit Cave, Waimbuku, Viti Levu, Fiji, 18°04'02 6"S 178°29'21 0"E"



NMNZ S.37300–5

NMNZ S.37307

NMNZ S.37313

NMNZ S.37481–3

NMNZ S.37485–94


NMNZ S.38271






Original scientific description:

Worthy, Trevor H. (2001). A giant flightless pigeon gen. et sp. nov. and a new species of Ducula (Aves: Columbidae), from Quaternary deposits in Fiji. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 31(4): 763-794.


Other references:

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

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)]

Tennyson, Alan J. D. and Bartle, J. A. (2008). Catalogue of type specimens of birds in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Tuhinga 19: 185-207.

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., Anderson, Atholl J. and Molnar, Ralph E. (1999). Megafaunal expression in a land without mammals – the first fossil faunas from terrestrial deposits in Fiji (Vertebrata: Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves). Senckenbergiana Biologica 79(2): 237-242.


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