The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Zapornia nigra (Miller, 1784)

Miller's rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Rallus nigra (J.F. Miller, 1784); Porzana nigra (J.F. Miller, 1784)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1784 or later?

IUCN RedList status: Extinct





Biology & Ecology










BirdLife International. (2012). Zapornia nigra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 26 July 2014.

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.

Fisher, Clemency T. and Warr, F. E. (2003). Museums on paper: library & manuscript resources. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 123A: 136-164.

Lysaght, Averil. (1956). A note on the Polynesian Black or Sooty Rail Porzana nigra (Miller) 1784. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 76: 97-98.

Walters, Michael P. (1988). Probable validity of Rallus nigra Miller, an extinct species from Tahiti. Notornis 35(4): 265-269.

Walters, Michael P. (1989). Comment on the proposed suppression of Rallus nigra Miller, 1784 (Aves). Bull. Biol. Nomen. 46: 50-52.


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