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Mangaia Swiftlet
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Information
Range Mangaia, Cook Islands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Aerodramus
Species Aerodramus manuoi
Conservation Status
EXSpecies
Extinct

The Mangaia swiftlet (Aerodramusa manuoi) is an extinct species of swift in the Apodidae family. It became extinct during prehistoric times. It was endemic to Mangaia, Cook Islands. It was closely allied with the extant Atiu swiftlet (Aerodramus sawtelli) of Atiu, Mangaia's neighbouring island, though it was probably slightly larger.

It was described from six fossil bones recovered from a Holocene rock shelter deposit on Mangaia. The coracoid and carpometacarpus of the new species are larger and very different qualitatively from those of the Atiu species. This is the first species of Aerodramus to be described from fossils.

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