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Hova gallinule

Hova gallinule

The Hova gallinule (Hovacrex roberti) is an extinct bird in a monotypic genus in the rail family. It was a large gallinule that was endemic to Madagascar. About the size of the Tasmanian nativehen, it was originally placed in the same genus, Tribonyx. Hovacrex may also be synonymous with Gallinula.[1] The lack of wing bones in the subfossil material found at Sirabé in central Madagascar makes it uncertain as to whether the species was flightless.[2]

Hova gallinule
Temporal range: Late Pleistocene
Pelvis and limb fossils
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Hovacrex
Brodkorb, 1965
H. roberti
Binomial name
Hovacrex roberti
(Andrews, 1897)
  • Tribonyx roberti Andrews, 1897


  1. Taylor, Barry; van Perlo, Ber (2010). Rails: A Guide to Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World. A&C Black. p. 26. ISBN 9781408135372.
  2. Hume, Julian P.; Walters, Michael (2012). Extinct Birds. A&C Black. p. 113. ISBN 9781408158623.

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