Endemic Animals of Tonga








Pile-builder megapode
Pile-builder megapode
The pile-builder megapode is an extinct species of megapode. The subfossil remains were found by Jean-Christophe Balouet and Storrs L. Olson in the Pindai Caves of New Caledonia. Its remains have also been found on Tonga.
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Pile-builder megapode
Tongatapu rail
Tongatapu rail
The Tongatapu rail was a species of bird in the family Rallidae. It was apparently native to the island of Tongatapu in the Kingdom of Tonga, in Polynesia in the south-west Pacific Ocean. It is known only from brief descriptions of a specimen, now lost, collected from Tongatapu in 1777 in the course of James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific, and from a contemporary illustration by Georg Forster.
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Tongatapu rail
Tongan megapode
Tongan megapode
The Tongan megapode is a species of bird in the megapode family, Megapodiidae, currently endemic to Tonga. The species is also known as the Polynesian megapode, and as the Niuafo'ou megapode after the island of Niuafo'ou to which it was restricted for many years. The specific epithet honours British consul William Thomas Pritchard.
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Tongan megapode
Kanaka pigeon
Kanaka pigeon
The Kanaka pigeon, also known as the great green pigeon or greater maned pigeon, is an extinct species of pigeon. It was probably hunted to extinction by the early settlers of New Caledonia and Tonga around 2,500 years ago. It was described from subfossil remains found at the Pindai Caves of New Caledonia. The specific epithet is a Latinisation of kanaka, the name of the native Melanesian people of New Caledonia. It was about 25% larger than its ...
closest living relative, the Nicobar pigeon.
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Kanaka pigeon
Tongan whistler
Tongan whistler
The Tongan whistler is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae. It is endemic to the islands of Vava'u and Late in Tonga. It is mainly found in tropical primary forest, but can sometimes be seen in second growth or wooded plantations. It is similar to the Australian golden whistler in appearance, but the head and throat of the male is entirely black, and the underparts of the female are yellow. The Tongan whistler is threatened by ...
habitat loss. The Tongan whistler was also described by Jacques Pucheran in the genus Eopsaltria and has been variably considered as a subspecies of the golden whistler.
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Tongan whistler
ʻEua rail
ʻEua rail
The ʻEua rail is an extinct species of flightless bird in the Rallidae, or rail family. It was described in 2005 from subfossil bones found on the island of ʻEua, in the Kingdom of Tonga of West Polynesia.
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ʻEua rail
Cystiscus vavauensis
Cystiscus vavauensis
Cystiscus vavauensis is a species of very small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk or micromollusk in the family Cystiscidae.
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Cystiscus vavauensis
Calliotropis crystalophora
Calliotropis crystalophora
Calliotropis crystalophora is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Eucyclidae.
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Calliotropis crystalophora