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Mangaia Swiftlet
(Aerodramus manuoi)

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Taxonomy & Status

Common Names

Mangaia Swiftlet

Conservation status

Extinct - Known only by bones

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Genus: Aerodramus
Species: A. manuoi

Binomial/Trinomial name

Aerodramus manuoi


Collocalia manuoi

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Brief Summary

The Mangaia Swiftlet (Aerodramusa manuoi) is an extinct species of bird in the swift family. It became extinct during prehistoric times.It was endemic to Mangaia, Cook Islands.

This species was closely allied with the extant Atiu Swiftlet (Aerodramus sawtelli) of 'Atiu, Mangaia's neighbouring island. The Mangaia Swiftlet was probably slightly larger.

This species is described from six fossils recovered from a Holocene rockshelter deposit on Mangaia. The coracoid and carpometacarpus of the new species, are larger and very different qualitatively from those of the Atiu species.

This is the first species of Aerodramus to be described from fossils.

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* A new species of swiftlet (Aves: Apodidae) from the late Quaternary of Mangaia, Cook Islands, Oceania - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22(2): 326-331. 2002 doi: 10.1671/ 0272-4634(2002)022 [0326:ANSOSA] 2.0.CO;2

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