Reunion Gallinule Porphyrio caerulescens


Justification of Red List Category
This species was endemic to the island of Réunion, but has been Extinct since around 1730. Hunting by settlers was the cause of its decline.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Porphyrio caerulescens was endemic to Réunion (to France) from where it was described as oiseau bleu by six early travellers. It is thought to have become extinct by around 1730 (Cheke 1987).


It was reported to inhabit montane forest.


It was probably not flightless, but was nevertheless easily hunted, presumably leading to its extinction (Cheke 1987).


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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Porphyrio caerulescens. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2021.