Prosobonia ellisi Sharpe, 1906:86

White-winged sandpiper, Ellis's sandpiper, Moorean sandpiper, Eimean sandpiper



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Considered a synonym of Prosobonia leucoptera by (Hume & Walters, 2012:130,332; Jansen et al., 2021)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1777

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Moorea, French Polynesia


Biology & Ecology




This species is only known by a painting in the British Museum (Day, 1981).



This species is only known by a painting in the British Museum (Day, 1981).



Original scientific description:

Sharpe, Richard Bowdler. (1906). A note on the White-winged Sandpiper. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 16: 86.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Prosobonia ellisi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 21 May 2013.

BirdLife International. 2016. Prosobonia ellisi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22728772A94996223. Accessed on 02 July 2022.

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.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct birds. London: T & AD Poyser. 544 pp.

Jansen, Justin J. F. J., Kamminga, Pepijn and Argeloo, Marc. (2021). Taxonomic implications of the original illustrations of Prosobonia from Tahiti and Moorea made during the second and third Cook expeditions. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 141(2): 133-141.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292. [p. 132]

Vanesa L. De Pietri, Trevor H. Worthy, R. Paul Scofield, Theresa L. Cole, Jamie R. Wood, Kieren J. Mitchell, Alice Cibois, Justin J. F. J. Jansen, Alan J. Cooper, Shaohong Feng, Wanjun Chen, Alan J. D. Tennyson & Graham M. Wragg. (2020). A new extinct species of Polynesian sandpiper (Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae: Prosobonia) from Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group, and the phylogenetic relationships of Prosobonia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Rothschild, Lionel Walter. (1907). Extinct birds: an attempt to write in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times, that is within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction. London: Hutchinson & Co. XXIX + 243 pp. [p. 119-120]

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Walters, Michael. (1991). Prosobonia ellisi, an extinct species of sandpiper from Moorea, Society Islands. Bolletino del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino 9: 217-226.

Walters, Michael. (1994). Birds' Eggs. Eyewitness Handbooks. London: Dorling Kindersley. 256 pp.

Zusi, R. L. and Jehl, J. R. (1970). The systematic relationships of Aechmorhynchus, Prosobonia, and Phegornis (Charadriiformes: Charadrii). Auk 87: 760-780.


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