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Say Hello! to the Henderson Island Sandpiper

Henderson Island Sandpiper  (Prosobonia sauli De Pietri et al.)

The so far rather modest year 2020 only got a little more colorful again shortly before its end … the orange-colored horror is about to pack his things and disappear … and now there is also good news for me personally because it concerns one of mine favorite species of bird: the Henderson Island Sandpiper has now officially been given a scientific name, even if not the most beautiful … [2]  

The species, previously only known under the name Prosobonia sp. ‘Henderson Island’, was first mentioned in 1994, and its remains must have been found some time before. [1]  

Now, ‘only’ 26 years later, the species was finally described and named.   🙂



[1] Graham M. Wragg; Marshall I. Weisler: Extinctions and new records of birds from Henderson Island. Notornis 41: 61-70. 1994
[2] 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: A new extinct species of Polynesian sandpiper (Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae: Prosobonia) from Henderson Island, Pitcairn Island Group, and the phylogenetic relationships of Prosobonia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 20: 1-26. 2020


edited: 08.11.2020

Henderson Island Sandpiper

Fantastic things to come soon …:

V. L. De Pietri; T. H. Worthy; R. P. Scofield; T. L. Cole; J. R. Wood; A. Cibois, J. J. F. J. Jansen; G. Zhang; K. J. Mitchell; S. Feng; W. Chen; A. J. D. Tennyson; G. M. Wragg: A new species of Polynesian sandpiper (Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae: Prosobonia) from Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group, and the scolopacid affinities of Prosobonia. 

submited to the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. [1]



[1] Justin J. F. J. Jansen; Alice Cibois: Clrifying the morphology of the enigmatic Kiritimati Sandpiper Prosobonia cancellata (J. F. Gmelin, 1785), based on a review of the contemporary data. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 140(2): 142-146. 2020


edited: 28.07.2020