April 11, 2017 – Polynesian Ground-dove (Gallicolumba erythroptera)

These Critically Endangered ground-doves were once found throughout the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia, but are now seen only in small areas of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Though little is known about the biology of these birds, they are thought to eat seeds, buds, fruit, and leaves, as well as caterpillars and other insects. Their breeding habits are virtually unknown, but chicks have been recorded in January and April and a nest was found in a Pandanus tree. Introduced species, including cats and rats, along with severe storms and habitat loss, led to their decline and extinction on some islands within their former range. Their current population is estimated at under 200 birds.


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