Columbidae gen. & sp. ‘Buka 1’

Small-winged Ground Pigeon (Columbidae gen. & sp.)

This species, which hasn’t yet been described, is known only from subfossil remains that were recovered from archeological sites on the island of Buka in the northernmost part of the Solomon Islands group.

The species very likely was flightless and was probably among the first bird species to be eradicated by the first human settlers on the island.



[1] David W. Steadman: Extinction and biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press 2006


edited: 19.08.2022