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Spoon-billed Sandpiper

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About the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Also known as: Spoonbill Sandpiper, Spoonbilled Sandpiper, Spoon-bill Sandpiper

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper (or Spoonbill Sandpiper) is a critically endangered small wading bird that breeds in northeastern Russia. The migrant winters in south and southeast Asia.

The species breeds in coastal areas in extreme northeastern Russia. Habitat loss at all stages of life - breeding, migration, and wintering - all threaten the survival of this unusual species.

Because of the recent rapid decline of the global Spoonbill Sandpiper poplulation, a captive breeding program was started in the summer of 2011. Only time will tell if the breeding program will save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper from extinction.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 September 2011
Scientific Name Eurynorhynchus pygmeus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Eurynorhynchus
  • E. pygmeus
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.5 to 6.3 inches
Range East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia


From IUCN Red List:
The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. 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.

International Names

  • jespák lžícozobý (Czech)
  • Skeryle (Danish)
  • Lepelbekstrandloper (Dutch)
  • lusikkasirri (Finnish)
  • Bécasseau spatule (French)
  • Löffelstrandläufer (German)
  • Gambecchio becco a spatola (Italian)
  • ヘラシギ [herashigi] (Japanese)
  • 넓적부리도요 (Korean)
  • Skjesnipe (Norwegian)
  • biegus lyzkodzioby (Polish)
  • Лопатень (Russian)
  • Correlimos Cuchareta (Spanish)
  • Skedsnäppa (Swedish)