Coenocorypha neocaledonica Worthy, Anderson & Sand

New Caledonian Snipe (Coenocorypha neocaledonica 

This species, finally described in 2013, was until then known only from subfossil bones, which were found together with the remains of numerous other species of animals in the deposits of several caves on the Pindai Peninsula.  

The New Caledonian Snipe was the second largest species of its genus, its flight apparat was very well developed, thus it obviously was a very good flyer.  

The species disappeared sometimes after the colonization of New Caledonia’s islands at about 1500 B.C.E..  



[1] David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press 2006 
[2] Trevor H. Worthy; Atholl Anderson; Christophe Sand: An extinct Austral snipe (Aves: Coenocorypha) from New Caledonia. Emu 113(4): 383-393. 2013  


edited: 13.10.2016