Labrador Duck

About the Labrador Duck

Also known as: Pied Duck, Skunk Duck, Sand Shoal Duck

The Labrador Duck is a species of sea duck that probably became extinct sometime in the mid to late 1870s. The species is thought to have never been particularly abundant.

Male Labrador Ducks had beautiful, striking black-and-white plumage. The feather pattern earned the bird nicknames like Pied Duck and Skunk Duck. They also had specialized bills with flattened tips for feeding on mollusks.

The reason for the demise of the Labrador Duck is not fully understood. Much is unknown about the species; they were believed to breed in Labrador and other areas, but an active nest was never discovered by science when the species still existed.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 October 2012
Scientific Name
Camptorhynchus labradorius
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Merginae
  • Camptorhynchus
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Conservation Status
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
20 inches
17 to 30 inches
32 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Labrador Duck is listed as Extinct on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species was formerly distributed along the northeast coast of North America, but it is now Extinct as a result of hunting. There are no records since the collection of the last specimen, in 1875.

International Names

Czech (Cesky) kačka labradorská
Danish (Dansk) Labradorand
Dutch (Nederlands) Labradoreend
Finnish (Suomi) labradorinsorsa
French (Français) Eider du Labrador
German (Deutsch) Labradorente
Italian (Italiano) Anatra del Labrador
Japanese (日本語) カササギガモ [kasasagigamo]
Norwegian (Norsk) Labradorand
Polish (Polski) kaczka labradorska
Russian (русский язык) Каменушка
Spanish (Español) Pato del Labrador
Swedish (Svenska) Labradorand
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