Bonin Woodpigeon Columba versicolor


Justification of Red List Category
This species was found in Japan's Ogasawara Islands, but it has not been recorded since 1889 and is now Extinct. Habitat clearance is likely to have been the major factor driving its extinction.

Population justification
None remain.

Distribution and population

Columba versicolor was endemic to Nakondo Shima and Peel Island (Chichi-jima) in the Bonin Islands (Ogasawara-shoto), Japan (Goodwin 1967). It is known from four specimens, in Frankfurt, Leningrad and Tring (Brazil 1991) and was last recorded in 1889 (Stattersfield et al. 1998).


It inhabited the lush forested interior of the small islands in its range.


Its extinction presumably resulted from clearance of the islands' subtropical evergreen forest, and from predation by introduced cats and rats (Stattersfield et al. 1998).


Text account compilers
Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., Martin, R

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Columba versicolor. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2019.