Gallirallus sharpei (Büttikofer, 1893)

Sharpe’s rail



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Stictolimnas sharpei Büttikofer, 1893


This species is now considered to be invalid, as the holotype has been shown to be a colour morph of the widespread G. philippensis (fide BirdLife International, 2012).


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym)

Last record: 1865 or before



Unknown (Indonesia?)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype:[/b] RMNH 87485 (adult)






Original scientific description:

Büttikofer, J. (1893). Description of a new genus of crakes. Notes Leyden Mus. 15(39): 274-275.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2000). Threatened Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge.

BirdLife International. (2012). Hypotaenidia philippensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 27 September 2014.

Butchart, S. H. M.; Collar, N. J.; Crosby, M. J. & Tobias, J. A. (2005). Asian enigmas: "Lost" and poorly known birds: targets for birders in Asia. Birding Asia 3: 41-49.

Hume, Julian Pender and van Grouw, Hein. (2014). Colour aberrations in extinct and endangered birds. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 134(3): 168-193.

Olson, Storrs L. (1986). Gallirallus sharpei (Büttikofer), nov. comb. a valid species of rail (Rallidae) of unknown origin. Le Gerfaut 76: 263-269.

Peters, J. L. (1934). Check-list of birds of the world. Vol. 2. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.

Sibley, C.G. and Monroe, B.L. (1990). Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Sibley, C.G. and Monroe, B.L. (1993). A supplement to 'Distribution and Taxonomy of Birds of the World'. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.


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