Tanna Ground-Dove

The Tanna Ground Dove , also known as Forster's Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. Its taxonomic affiliation is uncertain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829 it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba ; its closest relative is possibly the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was endemic to the Pacific island of Tanna, Vanuatu . Forster records a native name mahk, almost certainly from the Kwamera language.

The Tanna Ground-Dove is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

The Tanna Ground-Dove, Gallicolumba ferruginea, is usually treated as belonging to this species (either as a subspecies or even identical with it). Habitat - Moist lowland forests. Behaviour - External Links - Image:Icon_camera_link.png Search for photos of Santa Cruz Ground-Dove in the BirdForum Gallery Retrieved from "http://www.birdforum. More

Order : Columbiformes
Family : Columbidae
Genus : Gallicolumba
Species : ferruginea
Authority : (Forster, 1844)