Fossil and archaeological avifauna of Niue Island, Pacific Ocean

T. H. Worthy, R. Walter, A. J. Anderson

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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 Gallitrallus 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-190
Number of pages14
JournalNotornis
Volume45
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fossil avifauna
  • Holocene
  • Niue Island
  • Pacific Ocean

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    Worthy, T. H., Walter, R., & Anderson, A. J. (1998). Fossil and archaeological avifauna of Niue Island, Pacific Ocean. Notornis, 45(3), 177-190.