Hæmatopus niger meade-waldoi
Jandía, Fuerteventura, eastern Canary Islands.
Validity of species often questioned, and available material too little to allow meaningful analysis. Sometimes considered conspecific with H. moquini or H. ostralegus, or with both. Monotypic.
Graciosa, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and offshore islets (Montaña Clara, Roque del Este), in E Canary Is.
Last collected in 1913, and locally reported to have become extinct by 1940s#R. Two reported sightings from Tenerife (WC Canaries) since 1965 unsubstantiated. Overharvesting of this species’ basic food, intertidal invertebrates, probably led to its final demise, but human disturbance also implicated. Predation by introduced rats and cats suggested as a possible additional factor#R.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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