Globally extinct (EX) (Source: IUCN Red List)


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  • Scientific Names
    • Porzana palmeri
  • English
    • Laysan Rail
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Description from Wikipedia

The Laysan Rail or Laysan Crake (Porzana palmeri) was a flightless bird endemic to the Northwest Hawaiian Island of Laysan. This small island was and still is an important seabird colony, and sustained a number of endemic species, including the rail. It became extinct due to habitat loss by domestic rabbits, and ultimately World War II. Its scientific name honours Henry Palmer, who collected in the Hawaiian Islands for Walter Rothschild.

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Conservation Summary

  • Globally
    extinct (EX) (Source: IUCN Red List)
    extinct (GX) (Source: NatureServe)
    Presumed Extinct. Extinct; native range included Laysan Island and possibly also Lisianski Island, northwestern Hawaiian Islands; introduced populations formerly were established on Sand and Eastern islands of Midway Atoll; last seen in 1944; decline to extinction was caused by destruction of vegetation by introduced rabbits and predation by introduced rats.
Source: BirdLife International (2011) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 31/07/2011.