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Nesoclopeus poecilopterus poecilopterus - Bar-winged Rail (RMNH 110.047)
RMNH 110.047
Nesoclopeus poecilopterus poecilopterus - Bar-winged Rail (RMNH 110.064)
RMNH 110.064
Nesoclopeus poecilopterus poecilopterus - Bar-winged Rail (RMNH 110.065)
RMNH 110.065

Rallidae (Rails)

Bar-winged Rail Nesoclopeus poecilopterus poecilopterus (Hartlaub, 1866)

  • RMNH 110.047: male. Viti Levu, Fiji, August 1876. Collector: Kleinschmidt; Exchanged with Museum Godeffroy, Hamburg.
  • RMNH 110.064: stuffed. cat.1. male. Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. Museum Godeffroy 1881.
  • RMNH 110.065: stuffed. cat.2. female. June 1881, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. Museum Godeffroy, 1882.

Bar-winged Rail
The Bar-winged Rail is another elusive bird which is considered to be extinct, though recently a sighting has been claimed. It had not been seen since 1890, but was reported in 1973 by David Holyoak, who caught a glimpse of a bird near Vunindawa on Vitu Levu which seemed to fit the description of the Bar-winged Rail. It is therefore possible that the species still survives in the inaccessible marshes of the Fiji Islands.

Only a few museum specimens of the Bar-winged Rail remain. The three skins in Naturalis were, like those of the Samoan Woodhen, obtained from the Godeffroy Museum.


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