Justification of Red List Category
This recently-described, probably flightless rail was likely driven Extinct in the late 17th century as a result of hunting pressure and predation by introduced rats and cats.
No extant population remains.
Dryolimnas augusti was described from fossils from Réunion (to France) and thought to correspond to a rail species mentioned by Dubois in 1674 (per Mourer-Chauviré et al. 1999) as 'Râle des Bois'; there are no subsequent reports or birds likely to relate to this species, and its extinction may well have taken place in the late 17th century (Mourer-Chauviré et al. 1999).
Little is known, but it is likely to have been flightless (Hume and Walters 2012).
Presumably driven extinct by over-hunting, and predation by introduced rats and cats (Hume and Walters 2012).
Text account compilers
Symes, A. & Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Dryolimnas augusti. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/10/2021.