Nesoenas rostratus Bonaparte, 1855:16

Seychelles turtle dove, Pink pigeon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Streptopelia picturata rostrata Bonaparte, 1855:16; Turtur rostrata Bonaparte, 1855:16; Nesoenas picturata rostrata Bonaparte, 1855:16; Nesoenas rostrata Bonaparte, 1855:16


Conservation Status

The conservation status of this newly recognized species (up from subspecific rank) is not clear. A major decline was caused by hybridization with Nesoenas picturata, but whether the species was completely hybridized out of existence, or whether any pure populations exist, remains uncertain. Bird Island may offer the greatest hope of rediscovery (or relocation, depending upon your opinion over its likelihood of being extinct).





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Bonaparte, Charles Lucien. (1855). Coup d'œil sur les Pigeons (quatrème partie). Comptes rendus hebdomadaires des séances de l'Académie des sciences 40: 15-24.


Other references:

Anonymous. (1964). List of rare birds, including those thought to be so but of which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 10(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

Baptista, L. F. et al. (1997). Family Columbidae (pigeons), pp. 60-243. In: del Hoyo, T., Elliott, A. and Sargatal, J. (eds.). Handbook of the birds of the world. Volume 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions.

Crook, J. H. (1960). The Present Status of Certain Rare Land Birds of the Seychelles Islands. Seychelles Government Bull., January 1960. [relevant citation?]

del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. (2014). HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International.

Feare, C. and Gill, E. L. (1995). The turtle doves of Bird Island, Seychelles. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 115(4): 206-210.

Gibbs, D., Barnes, E. and Cox, J. (2001). Pigeons and doves. Robertsbridge, Sussex: Pica Press.

Hume, Julian Pender. (2011). Systematics, morphology, and ecology of pigeons and doves (Aves: Columbidae) of the Mascarene Islands, with three new species. Zootaxa 3124: 1-62. [Abstract]

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

Jouanin, Christian. (1962). Inventaire des oiseaux éteints ou en voie d’extinction conservés au Muséum de Paris. Terre et Vie 109: 275-301.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292. [p. 137]

Newton, E. (1867). On the Land Birds of the Seychelles Archipelago. Ibis (n.s.) 3: 335-360. [relevant citation?]

Oustalet, E. (1878). Étude sur la faune ornithologique des îles Seychelles. Bull. Soc. Philomath. Paris (7)2: 161-206.

Prévost (1843)

Scott, Peter (ed.). (1965). Preliminary List of Rare Mammals and Birds, pp. 155-237. In: The Launching of a New Ark. First Report of the President and Trustees of the World Wildlife Fund. An International Foundation for saving the world's wildlife and wild places 1961-1964. London: Collins.

Skerrett, A., Bullock, I. and Disley, T. (2001). Birds of the Seychelles. London: Christopher Helm Publishers.


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