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White-winged Sandpiper Prosobonia leucoptera Scientific name definitions

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Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated January 1, 2014

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Systematics History

May have formed a species-group with †P. ellisi, †P. cancellata and P. parvirostris. †P. ellisi was historically considered a synonym of present species, but has been shown to be a valid species (1). Monotypic.


Not recorded since a specimen (now lost) was collected in 1777 (2). Extinction thought to have been caused by introduced rats (2) and possibly also habitat degradation.


Tahiti, in Society Is (French Polynesia) (3). Only two known specimens, one lost.

Distribution of the White-winged Sandpiper
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the White-winged Sandpiper

Recommended Citation

(2020). White-winged Sandpiper (Prosobonia leucoptera), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.