Rodrigues Turtle-dove Nesoenas rodericanus


Justification of Red List Category
This Extinct species has been newly-described from subfossil remains. It is little-known but probably became extinct during the 18th century as a result of overhunting and predation by rats.

Population justification
No extant population remains.

Distribution and population

Nesoenas rodericanus is known from subfossil remains found in caves on Rodrigues (Mauritius). It may have become extinct between 1726 and 1761 as a result of predation by rats (Hume and Walters 2012).


Little is known.


The species was described as being tame and easily hunted, but the presence of Black Rats Rattus rattus was likely the main driver of extinction (Hume and Walters 2012).


Text account compilers
Symes, A. & Taylor, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Species factsheet: Nesoenas rodericanus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/09/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/09/2019.