Christmas Sandpiper Prosobonia cancellata


Justification of Red List Category
This newly-recognised Pacific sandpiper became Extinct around the 1850s as a result of predation by invasive mammals.

Population justification
None remain.

Distribution and population

The type specimen was collected on Kiritimati (= Christmas Island), Kiribati (Walters 1993), where it was probably eliminated by introduced cats and rats by around 1850.


Presumed to be similar to P. parvirostris.


This species was presumably driven to extinction by introduced predatory mammals, especially cats and rats.


Text account compilers
Symes, A., Martin, R, Taylor, J.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Prosobonia cancellata. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/10/2021.