New Caledonian Rail Gallirallus lafresnayanus

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, Coots)

Authority: Verreaux & Des Murs, 1860

Red List Category

Criteria: D

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Justification of Red List category
This species has not been recorded with certainty since 1890, despite many recent surveys, and it is likely to have extirpated by introduced cats, rats and pigs. However, there were unconfirmed reports in the 1960s and 1984, suggesting that it is possible that it survives in largely inaccessible montane forests. Any remaining population is likely to be tiny, and for these reasons it is treated as Critically Endangered.

Population size: 1-49

Population trend: Unknown

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 1 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Gallirallus lafresnayanus. Downloaded from on 29/09/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 29/09/2022.