Rodrigues Blue-pigeon Alectroenas payandeei


Justification of Red List Category
This newly-recognised Extinct pigeon is known from a single subfossil record. It may have survived into the 17th century but most likely disappeared by the 1690s owing to predation by invasive rats.

Population justification
The species is extinct, and was not even recorded by the first collectors to visit Rodrigues.

Distribution and population

Alectroenas payandeei was described by Hume (2011) from a single subfossil tarsometatarsus bone found on the island of Rodrigues (Mauritius). It was not seen by competent observers who visited Rodrigues in 1691-1693 and 1725-1726 and was likely driven to extinction during the 17th century by invasive rats (Hume 2011).


Nothing known, but presumably inhabited forest.


The island was used as a refurbishment station for shipping from at least 1601, presumably leading to the arrival of rats, which were noted to be present in large numbers in 1691-1693 (Leguat 1708, in Hume and Walters 2012) and likely drove the species to extinction.


Text account compilers
Taylor, J., Martin, R, Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Alectroenas payandeei. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/06/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/06/2022.