Labrador Duck

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Labrador duck
The Labrador Duck
Conservation status

Extinct  (c. 1878) (IUCN 3.1)BirdLife International (2012). Camptorhynchus labradorius. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Merginae
Genus: Camptorhynchus
Bonaparte, 1838
Species: C. labradorius
Binomial name
Camptorhynchus labradorius
Gmelin, 1789

The Labrador duck (C. Labradorius) is an extinct duck that lived in North America.

Habitat[change | change source]

The Labrador Duck lived along the sandy coasts and bays of New Jersey and New England. John James Audubon's son reported seeing a nest belonging to the species. Some believe that it may have laid its eggs on the islands in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

Extinction[change | change source]

Although they were hunted, the ducks' flesh would spoil quickly and the meat tasted horrible.[source?] The main cause for the species' extinction was the starvation the birds went through in winter months. Their main food was shellfish. The shellfish were scarce in the area they lived. This led the ducks to starve. Another explanation for their extinction is that their eggs were hunted for food.[source?]

Sources, Reference and Books[change | change source]

  • Cokinos, Christopher (2000): Hope is the Thing with Feathers. New York: Putnam, pp. 281–304. ISBN 1-58542-006-9
  • Ducher, William (1894): The Labrador Duck – another specimen, with additional data respecting extant specimens. Auk 11: 4–12. PDF fulltext
  • Forbush, Edward Howe (1912): A History of the Game Birds, Wild-Fowl and Shore Birds of Massachusetts and Adjacent States. Boston: Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture, pp. 411–416.
  • Fuller, Errol (2001): Extinct Birds, Comstock Publishing, ISBN 0-8014-3954-X, pp. 85–87.
  • Madge, Steve & Burn, Hilary (1988): Waterfowl. An identification guide to the ducks, geese and swans of the world. Boston: Houghton
  • Mifflin, pp. 265–266. ISBN 0-395-46727-6