May have formed a species-group with †P. leucoptera, †P. cancellata and P. parvirostris. Present species was historically considered a synonym of †P. leucoptera, but it has been shown to be a valid species#R. Monotypic.
Moorea, in Society Is (French Polynesia). Known only from two paintings, each based on a specimen (now lost) collected on Moorea during Cook’s third voyage, in 1777#R.
Not recorded since its initial collection in 1777. Extinction presumed to have been due to predation by introduced rats towards end of 18th century.
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