Mascarene Coot Fulica newtonii


Justification of Red List Category
This species was found in the Mascarene Islands, but it has not been recorded since 1693 and is now Extinct. Hunting was the major cause of its decline.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Fulica newtonii is known from numerous travellers' reports (Cheke 1987) and bones (Cowles 1987) from Réunion (to France), and also probably occurred on Mauritius from where there were reports of poule d'eau, the contemporary name used for the birds on Réunion. Birds were last reported on Réunion (by Dubois) in 1672, and on Mauritius (by Leguat) in 1693 (Cheke 1987).


Nothing is known, but it is likely to have been typical of the genus.


They were presumably hunted to extinction, despite the fact that they were not good to eat (Cheke 1987).


Text account compilers
Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S. & Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Fulica newtonii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/02/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/02/2023.