Eskimo Curlew

Numenius borealis

This species is on the Pribilof checklist, but the record seems to have not persisted in any of the accessible literature. The last confirmed Alaskan record of this small curlew, which is likely extinct, occurred in Barrow in 1886. The last confirmed sighting anywhere occurred on Barbados in 1963. As the Pribilofs are well west of this species historic breeding range and the species is probably extinct it is extremely unlikely that it will ever bee seen again on our shores. If a visiting birder finds a small curlew on the island it is more likely to be a Little Curlew (Numenius minutus). This species was historically very abundant and its plight is reminiscent of that of the Passenger Pigeon.