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Alternative names: Tahitian Sandpiper; White-winged Sandpiper

Prosobonia leucoptera


18 cm. Brown below, darker above, white wing patch, sooty brown top and sides of head and neck to wings, darker back and wings, small white patch behind and above the eye, pale rusty eyering, buff white chin, rusty lores, rump and underside, wing coverts with some rusty edging, tail feathers sooty brown with rusty tips; outer ones rusty with sooty brown barring. Black bill, lower mandible slightly paler, pointed, thin and short, greeny-straw legs, toes unwebbed, very dark brown iris.


Formerly Tahiti. Extinct since 1800's.


This was a monotypic species.
Sometimes treated conspecific with Moorea Sandpiper.


Near small streams.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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