Range and population
Alectroenas nitidissima is known only from three skins1 and a number of descriptions and paintings1,3, from Mauritius2. It was first described by Harmansz in 1602, and persisted for more than two centuries thereafter1. Milbert, writing in 1812, noted that he ate many in 1801, and Desjardins reported in 1832 that birds were found towards the centre of the island in the middle of those fine forests which by their remoteness, have escaped the devestating axe1. The last specimen was collected in 1826, however, and hunting and habitat loss presumably caused the species's extinction in the 1830s1.
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