Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Extinct

Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus labradorius)


Taxonomy

French: Eider du Labrador German: Labradorente Spanish: Pato del Labrador
Taxonomy:

Anas labradoria

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Arctic America, Connecticut and Labrador

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

E seaboard of North America from E Canada (Labrador, where probably bred along Gulf of St Lawrence) to E USA (Chesapeake Bay, Virginia). Wintered from Nova Scotia S to Florida, USA#R.

Last individuals allegedly recorded near Long I and Elmira, New York, in 1870s#R#R, the last confirmed specimen having been shot on Long I in 1875#R. Causes of extinction unclear, but probably included overexploitation, especially of eggs, and also decrease in food supply#R.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2018). Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus labradorius). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/1414070 on 19 October 2018).