Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi

The bird was approximately 16 inches tall and weighed about 4.5 pounds and is thought to have been primarily an insectivore.

The Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

Summary Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi was endemic to the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, where its remains have been found on the main Chatham Island and Pitt Island. Recent evidence, including a letter from Sigvard Jacob Dannefarerd to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild in 1895 describing the species's appearance, behaviour and Moriori hunting method, suggests that this species survived into at least the late 1800s. Ecology: The species was flightless, stood approximately 40 cm tall and weighed an estimated 2 kg. More

Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi was endemic to the main Chatham and Pitt Islands. It is known that the 16 inch tall, 4.5 pound bird was eaten by Moriori from the skeletal remains found in middens. There is no record of whenD. hawkinsi was last seen, but it may have existed until the end of the 19th century. and the Chatham Island coot Fulica chathamensis Extinctions since mid-19th century European settlement include the Chatham Island bellbird Anthornis melanocephala. More

Order : Gruiformes
Family : Rallidae
Genus : Diaphorapteryx
Species : hawkinsi
Authority : (Forbes, 1892)