Family Rails, Gallinules, Coots (Rallidae)


Marquesan Swamphen (Porphyrio paepae)


French: German: Spanish:

Porphyrio paepae

Steadman 1988

, Hana,

ekua Shelter, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands




Hiva Oa and Tahuata (Marquesas Is). Known only from subfossil remains, and possibly also from a 1902 painting by the renowned artist Paul Gauguin#R.

Date of extinction not known. It may have survived to around 1900, even as late as 1937#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2019). Marquesan Swamphen (Porphyrio paepae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 March 2019).