This species is endemic to Lord Howe Islandin the south-western Pacific Ocean. Thespecies formerly ranged from sea level tothe tops of the mountains. However, by themid 19th Century, it was confined to thesummit areas of Mount Gower and MountLidgebird (Garnett 1992). Since asuccessful captive-breeding program,control of predators and re-introduction, thespecies now occurs throughout the island.
Recorded occurrences inconservation reserves
Lord Howe Island World Heritage Area(NPWS 1999).
The Lord Howe Island Woodhen inhabitsthe forest of the subtropical, oceanic LordHowe Island (Fullagar 1985). In thehighland areas, the species occurs on boulder-covered slopes, steep, scree valleysand plateaux (Disney & Fullagar 1984). Inthe lowlands the species has been recordedin stands of palms, Banyan Fig, Grey Bark and Black Butt (Disney & Fullagar 1984).
The diurnal Lord Howe Island Woodhenforages with its bill for worms, insect larvaeand crustaceans (Marchant & Higgins1993).The avifauna of Lord Howe Island have beensubjected to significant disturbances since
Map Compiled From:Species Sightings from the NPWS Atlas of NSW Wildlife DatabaseRoads and Rivers from AUSLIG
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Lord Howe Island50050100Kilometers
Lord Howe Island Woodhenpost 1980 sightings
NPWS records of the Lord Howe Island Woodhen in NSW