Grus antigone luzonica Hachisuka, 1941
Luzon sarus crane
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Last Record: 1970's
A population of the Sarus crane formerly occurred on Luzon in the Philippines. The last reports of this species were from the 1970's, with specific expeditions to find this species in the late 1970's, and 1980's (Madsen, 1981; Dickinson et. al. 1991). The population is almost certainly now extinct, but its exact taxonomic position is debated. It is sometimes regarded as a population of [i]G. a. sharpei[/i] (Johnsgard, 1983; Dickinson, 2003). However given its isolation of some 700 miles (1126.5 km) from any other [i]Grus antigone[/i] population gene flow would be minimal; thus its status depends upon how long it has occurred on Luzon, as it is likely to manifest only cryptic diversity as the species seems to inherently be very adaptable.
Original scientific description:
Hachisuka, M. (1941). Further contributions to the ornithology of the Philippine Islands. Tori 11:61-89.
Dickinson, E. C. (ed.). (2003) The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. London: Christopher Helm.
Dickinson, E. C., Kennedy, R. S., and Parkes, K. C. (1991). The Birds of the Philippines: An Annotated Checklist. British Ornithologists’ Union, Tring, Hertfordshire, U. K.
Johnsgard, Paul. (1983). Cranes of the World. Indiana, USA: Indiana University Press. (available online: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/bioscicranes/)
Madsen, K. K. (1981). Search for the eastern sarus crane on Luzon, Philippines. Pages 216–218 in J. C. Lewis and H. Masatomi, editors. Crane research around the world. International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Nevard TD, Haase M, Archibald G, Leiper I, Van Zalinge RN, Purchkoon N, et al. (2020). Subspecies in the Sarus Crane Antigone antigone revisited; with particular reference to the Australian population. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0230150. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0230150