Unnatural Heritage

To: stuart dashper <>
Subject: Unnatural Heritage
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 17:45:49 +1100 ( )
On Mon, 7 Feb 2000, stuart dashper wrote:
> Australia has more species than South America, Africa or Asia. I would also
> like to know which 23 species have become extinct, I can only think of
> Paradise Parrot and Dwarf Emu. Can someone enlighten me (or our government)?

This is the number of bird taxa "presumed extinct"
in the federal endangered species schedules, see:
Subspecies and Norfolk, Lord Howe and Macquarie Island are included.

The taxa are:

Aplonis fusca   Norfolk Island Starling 
Columba vitiensis godmanae Lord Howe Pigeon 
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae erythrotis  Macquarie Island Parakeet 
Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae subflavescens  Lord Howe Parakeet 
Dasyornis broadbenti littoralis  South-western Rufous Bristlebird 
Dromaius baudinianus  Kangaroo Island Emu 
Dromaius minor  Dwarf Emu/King Island Emu 
Dromaius novaehollandiae diemenensis  Emu (Tasmanian subspecies) 
Drymodes superciliaris colcloughi  Roper River Scrub-robin 
Gerygone insularis  Lord Howe Warbler 
Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae spadicea  New Zealand Pigeon (Norfolk Island race) 
Lalage leucopyga leucopyga  Norfolk Island Long-tailed Triller 
Nestor productus  Norfolk Island Kaka 
Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria  Lord Howe Boobook Owl 
Notornis alba  White Gallinule 
Psephotus pulcherrimus Paradise Parrot 
Rallus pectoralis clelandi Lewin's Water Rail (western race) 
Rallus philippensis maquariensis Macquarie Island Rail 
Rhipidura cervina  Lord Howe Fantail 
Turdus xanthopus vinitinctus  Lord Howe Island Vinous-tinted Thrush 
Turdus poliocephalus poliocephalus  Norfolk Island Thrush 
Zosterops abogularis  Norfolk Island Silvereye 
Zosterops strenua Robust White-eye 

At least one of these is probably incorrect - Schodde and Mason don't
regard the Roper River Scrub-robin as a valid subspecies - I think they
suggest the specimen was not collected from the NT?

I'd be interested to know of extinct subspecies missing from the list

Andrew Taylor

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