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Range DescriptionThreskiornis solitarius is known from bones recently discovered on RÃ©union (to France) (Mourer-ChauvirÃ© and Moutou 1987). It seems likely that the 'solitaire' known from numerous early accounts from RÃ©union(Cheke 1987) and Rodrigues, Mauritius, was in fact this ibis(Mourer-ChauvirÃ© et al. 1995), vindicating arguments for independent evolution of the Mascarene 'solitaires' (Storer 1970), in which case the last account is that of AbbÃ© Gui PingrÃ© (1763) a French astronomer who visited Rodrigues in 1761 to observe the transit of Venus and reported the bird to be near extinction. He had been told by the Commander, MarlÃ¨ne de PuvignÃ©, that it was found only in remote corners of the island. This statement was the last mention of the bird (Staub 1996).