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Range DescriptionDucula aurorae is known from Tahiti in the Society Islands and Makatea in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. On Tahiti, it may already be extinct, it was restricted to the Papeno`o and Hitia`a valleys in 1986-19902, but none were reported in 1998 and in 2006 it was considered unlikely to persist7,11. On Makatea, the population was judged to lie between 100 and 500 individuals in 1986-1987, but may now be increasing slightly following a reduction in hunting; 9,11. There are also fossil records indicating that it was once more widespread, including in the Southern Cook Islands6.