IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)


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Range Description

Plectrophenax hyperboreus breeds on the Hall and St Matthew islands (totalling 300 km2) in the Bering Sea, U.S.A., and occasionally on St Lawrence and probably St Paul islands. It winters along the west Alaska coast from Kotzebue to the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, irregularly on the south coast of Alaska, occasionally to the Aleutian Islands and accidentally in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington and Oregon, U.S.A. The population had been estimated to number only c.2,500 individuals; however, Matsuoka and Johnson (2008) estimated there to be 27,500-35,400 birds in the population, based on surveys conducted across its restricted breeding range on St Matthew and Hall islands.


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