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Fossil and archaeological avifauna of Niue Island, Pacific Ocean

TitleFossil and archaeological avifauna of Niue Island, Pacific Ocean
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsWorthy, TH, Waiter, R, Anderson, AJ
JournalNotornis
Volume45
Issue3
Pagination177-190
Type of Articlepaper
KeywordsFossil avifauna, Holocene, Niue Island, Pacific Ocean
Abstract

The archaeological and fossil avifauna of Niue Island in the southwest Pacific is described from ten sites. Fourteen species of birds, including an extinct species each of Gallirallus and Nycticorax, and an extirpated megapode (Megapodius pritchardii) were found. This increases the number of taxa known for the Niue fauna to 15 resident species, but faunas from surrounding islands indicate this is almost certainly an under-estimate of original diversity.

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