Benson and Penny, 1968,
400 m from western extremity of Middle Island, north coast of Aldabra Atoll.
Aldabra Atoll, N of Madagascar.
First discovered in 1967, and thereafter recorded only from type locality on Middle (or Malabar) I, on N coast of Aldabra Atoll. Occurred in a strip of dense coastal scrub 50 m wide running for 2 km along N coast of Middle I; estimated total of up to 25 individuals during mid-1970s. The population was subsequently extirpated, as last observed in 1983; none was found during extensive searches in 2003–2004. There is little suitable habitat on Aldabra, so populations never likely to have been large; probable causes of its extinction were nest predation by cats and rats and habitat destruction by goats and tortoises.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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