Apteribis brevis Olson & James

Maui Ibis (Apteribis brevis)  

This species was described in 1991, it is known from numerous subfossil remains, that were recovered from various sites at higher elevations on the island of Maui, Hawaiian Islands.  

The Maui Ibis was flightless, and sometimes birds fell into lava tubes, from where they could not escape, making it possible for the whole skeleton to outlast until recently. [1]  



[1] S. L. Olson; H. F. James: Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Part I. Non-Passeriformes. Ornithological Monographs 45: 1-91. 1991  


edited: 23.03.2018