The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Gallirallus pacificus Gmelin, 1789:717

Tahitian red-billed rail, Tahiti rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rallus pacificus Gmelin, 1789:717


Conservation Status

Last record: 1773 (1844?;1930's according to Bruner, 1972)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Mehetia & Tahiti, Windward group, Society Islands


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Gmelin, Johann Friedrich (1879): [Description of Gallirallus pacificus]. In: Systema Naturae (13th edition) 1, part 2: 717.



Other references:

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

Bruner, P. L. (1972). The birds of French Polynesia. Honolulu: Bernice P. Bishop Museum.

Fuller, Errol. (1988). Extinct Birds. New York: Facts on File Publications. 256 pp.

Fuller, Errol. (2000). Extinct Birds, revised edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Greenway, J. C. (1967). Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World. Dover Publications, New York.

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

Knox, A. G. and Walters, M. P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of the Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club, Tring, U.K.

Lysaght, A. (1953). A rail from Tonga. Bull. Brit. Orn. Club 73: 74-75.

Ripley, S. D. (1977) Rails of the world. Boston, MA: David R. Goodine.

Rothschild, Walter. (1907). Extinct Birds. London.

Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. (1998). Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Taylor, P. B. and Van Perlo, B. (1998). Rails: A Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World. Robertsbridge: Pica Press.


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