Maupiti Monarch Pomarea pomarea


Justification of Red List Category
This species was endemic to the island of Maupiti, French Polynesia, but is now Extinct as a result of habitat loss and the action of invasive species. It has not been recorded since the type specimen was collected in 1823.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Pomarea pomarea is known only from the type, collected on Maupiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia, by Blosseville in 1823 (Holyoak and Thibault 1984). It presumably became extinct soon after, because it has not been recorded since.


It is likely to have inhabited forest at all altitudes.


The Society Islands have lost most of their original vegetation and their avifauna has suffered greatly through competition and predation from introduced species (Todd 1984); these factors are likely to have caused its extinction.


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Pomarea pomarea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/06/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/06/2019.