Spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus)

Spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus)

This charismatic species is listed as Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small population that is undergoing an extremely rapid population reduction. This is because of a number of factors, including habitat loss in its breeding, passage and wintering grounds, that are compounded by disturbance, hunting and the effects of climate change. Fledging success and juvenile recruitment are very low, leading to fears that the population is ageing rapidly; action is now urgently required to prevent the extinction of this species.Throughout its migratory and wintering ranges, tidal flats are being reclaimed for industry, infrastructure and aquaculture and are becoming increasingly polluted. The important staging area at Saemangeum and Geum estuary, South Korea, including the Mangyeung and Tongjin estuaries, has already been reclaimed, and remaining wetlands are under serious threat of reclamation in the near future.

Spoon-billed sandpiper
Population size:
< 100 breeding pairs
Breeds in Russia, migrates along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway
to wintering grounds in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Primary threats:
Trapping on wintering grounds and land reclamation.
Actions required:
Maintenance of critical intertidal staging posts and reducing trapping on wintering grounds.
• Read the latest from the Guardian on conservation efforts to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus)

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