Tells the fascinating success story of saving the flightless Woodhen of Lord Howe Island. This unique large rail, an iconic and highly endangered Australian bird, was at the very brink of extinction with just 15 individuals found in 1980, when bold and risky actions were taken to save it.
Discovery of Lord Howe Island and its nature
Origins of Lord Howe Island and its wildlife
Rails, the woodhen and its origins
Evolution and extinction of flightless rails
Early knowledge of the woodhen, its demise and causes
Assessing the post 1930s woodhen population
Planning and implementation of woodhen management
The revived woodhen population
Woodhen ecology and behaviour
Woodhen breeding biology
The future of the woodhen
Appendix 1. Results of the Woodhen Captive Breeding Programme
Appendix 2. Comprehensive bird list for the Lord Howe Island group
Appendix 3. The nomenclatural history of the woodhen
Appendix 4. Some bird species saved from likely extinction
Appendix 5. Scientific names of plants and animals not in the text and some words defined in order appearing within chapters.
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