Bering Island, Russia.
Provisionally treated within genus Urile based on morphological similarities between this species and the other three species recently assigned therein; has not been samped molecularly. Monotypic.
Was noted as common in 1741, when initially discovered. Its breeding area was colonized by humans in 1826, and in 1882 Stejneger was told by the island’s residents that the last birds had disappeared c. 30 years before#R. Year of extinction taken as 1852. From 1820s onwards, heavily hunted for food by local inhabitants, leading to its final demise.
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!