This species was known from Moorea, French Polynesia, but it has not been recorded since its collection in 1777 and is now Extinct. Predation by introduced rats is thought to have been the primary cause.
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.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.
P. ellisi was historically considered a synonym of P. leucoptera2, but it has been shown to be a good species1.
Walters, M. 1994. Dorling Kindersley, London, UK.
Zusi, R. L.; Jehl, J. R. 1970. The systematic relationships of Aechmorhynchus, Prosobonia, and Phegornis (Charadriiformes: Charadrii). The Auk 87: 760-780.
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Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
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Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Prosobonia ellisi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/02/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/02/2016.
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||Extinct|
|Family||Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes)|
|Species name author||(Gmelin, 1789)|
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