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1 April 2012 A new species of towhee (Aves: Emberizidae: Pipilo) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda
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Pipilo naufragus, new species, is described from Middle and Late Pleistocene to Holocene cave and pond deposits on the island of Bermuda. It is most similar to the Eastern Towhee P. erythrophthalmus but differs in having a heavier bill, more robust hindlimbs, and reduced wing and pectoral girdle, with the sternum in particular being shorter, wider, and with a much smaller carina. At least one early historical account (1610) contains a description of a large bunting-like bird that almost certainly refers to this species, which would have been exterminated by introduced pigs, rats, and cats following human settlement of Bermuda in 1612.

Storrs L. Olson and David B. Wingate "A new species of towhee (Aves: Emberizidae: Pipilo) from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda," Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 125(1), (1 April 2012). https://doi.org/10.2988/11-21.1
Published: 1 April 2012
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