This taxon is Not Recognised as a species by BirdLife International.
Brooks, T. 2000. Extinct species. In: BirdLife International (ed.), Threatened birds of the world, pp. 701-708. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge, U.K.
Leguatia gigantea is a much-disputed putative form based on historical descriptions of what were presumably Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus on Ré union (Cheke 1987); a single Ciconia bone from the island (Cowles 1987) could indicate that this form was in fact a stork, but the weight of evidence suggests that it represents either a natural, prehistoric, extinction, or, most likely, a bird killed and salted elsewhere and eventually eaten on Ré union (Cheke 1987).
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Leguatia gigantea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/03/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/03/2014.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Not Recognised|
|Species name author||Schlegel, 1858|