DistributionRead full entry
Range DescriptionGallirallus lafresnayanus is known from at least 17 specimens taken between 1860 and 1890 from New Caledonia (to France), apparently including Ile des Pins (Fullagar et al. 1982). There are a scattering of later reports from near Mt Pani in the north and the headwaters of Rivire Blanche in the south in the 1960s and in 1984 (on Mt Pani) suggesting that it may yet survive in small numbers (Stokes 1979, Balouet 1986, Ekstrom et al. 2000). Interviews in 2004 produced credible reports by local hunters who stated they had seen the bird on the western slopes of the Pani Massif before the 1980s. These hunters have not observed the bird since (Ekstrom et al. 2000).