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New evidence on the life and death of Hawkins' Rail Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi : Moriori accounts recorded by Sigvard Dannefaerd and Alexander Shand

TitleNew evidence on the life and death of Hawkins' Rail Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi : Moriori accounts recorded by Sigvard Dannefaerd and Alexander Shand
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsCooper, JH, Tennyson, AJD
JournalNotornis
Volume51
Issue4
Pagination212-216
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsbehaviour, Dannefaerd, Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi, extinction, Hawkins&rsquo, Moriori, rail, Shand
Abstract

A previously unknown Moriori-based account of the extinct Hawkins’ rail (Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi) from the Chatham Islands is presented and discussed. The account, recorded by Sigvard Jacob Dannefaerd in a letter to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild in 1895, includes details of the species’ appearance, behaviour and Moriori hunting methods. A second, similar description of a previously unidentified Chatham Islands bird is also linked to Hawkins’ rail. The clarity of the accounts suggests a considerably later extinction date for the species than previously supposed.

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