Anas sp. 'Īle Saint Paul'


 
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Saint Paul Island Duck
(Anas sp.)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

French Southern and Antarctic Lands: Īle Saint Paul

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: sometimes in the 18th century (?)

 
The Īle Saint Paul is an only 7 km² large, subantarctic island of volcanic origin, lying in the southern Indian Ocean.

Today this uninhabited island harbours large nesting colonies of numerous seabird species.

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All that is known about the former existence of a duck species on the Īle Saint Paul sourced from the accounting records of Sir John Barrow, who was a member of a diplomatic mission of Lord Macartney, the English ambassador at that time, that stayed at the island during a stopover in the year 1793.

He reported of small, brown ducks, not much larger than a blackbird, that were the preferred food of the handful of sealers living temporarily on the island.

 
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