Gallirallus minor (Hamilton, 1892)

Little weka



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Ocydromus minor Hamilton, 1892 (original combination)


Conservation Status




South Island, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hamilton, A. (1892). On the fissures and caves at Castle Rocks, Southland; with a description of the remains of the existing and extinct birds found in them. Trans. N.Z. Inst. 25 88-106.

Other references:

Brodkorb, Pierce. (1967). Catalogue of fossil birds: Part 3 (Ralliformes, Ichthyornithiformes, Charadriiformes), Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 11 3: 99-220

Falla, R. A. (1960). Notes on some bones collected by Dr. Watters and Mr. Lindsay at Chatham Islands. Notornis 8(7): 226-227.

Lambrecht, K. (1933). Handbuch der Palaeornithologie, 1-1024.

Medway, David G. (1967). Avian remains from new caves in Taumatamaire district. Notornis 14(3): 158-160.

Medway, David G. (1971). Sub-fossil avian remains from the Awakino - Mahoenui area. Notornis 18(3): 218-219.

Paulin, C. D. (1973). Sub-fossil avian remains from two limestone caves in North Taranaki. Mauri Ora 1: 95-98.

Williams, G. R. (1962). Extinction and the land and freshwater-inhabiting birds of New Zealand. Notornis 10(1): 15-32.

Wragg, Graham M. (1981). The birds of Canterbury: history and present status. A dissertation presented as a requirement for the Diploma in Parks and Recreation (National Parks option). Lincoln College, New Zealand.


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