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Range DescriptionGallinula silvestris is known only from the type-specimen collected in 1929, and a subsequent observation of one in 1953 on Makira (= San Cristobal), Solomon Islands. The 1929 collectors failed to secure more specimens and concluded that the species was already rare (Taylor and van Perlo 1998). In 1953, it was reported to be well-known to guides from Ghoghe village and to be not uncommon (Cain and Galbraith 1956). Hunters in hill villages close to the type locality reported it in 1974, but not in 1990 or subsequently (J. M. Diamond in litt. 1987, Lees 1991, Buckingham et al. 1995, R. James verbally 1998, J. Waihuru verbally 1998, Danielsen et al. 2010). Several weeks have been spent surveying this area without any evidence of the species's survival (Buckingham et al. 1995, R. James verbally 1998), but two unconfirmed reports of birds caught by dogs, in 2001, 2002 and most recently 2005, suggest it may still be extant (R. James in litt. 2003, 2011). Furthermore, unidentified calls heard in 2004 were reported to belong to this species by local people who claimed to see it rarely, while apparently credible reports from the western part of the island in 2008 indicated that villagers were familiar with the species but did not encounter it regularly (C. Collins in litt. 2008).