Spoon-Billed Sandpiper


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Spoon-Billed Sandpiper

 

(Eurynorhynchus pygmeus), a bird of the family Charadriidae. Body length, approximately 14 cm. The tip of the bill is shaped like a small, rhombic shovel. The head and back are blackish brown with reddish spots; the throat and jugulum are reddish. Spoon-billed sandpipers nest only in the USSR, in the coastal tundras of the Chukchi Peninsula, Gek Land, and Koriak Land. They winter in Southeast Asia. The nests are built in the grass. The clutch consists of four ocher-green eggs with dark spots; only the male sits on the eggs. The birds feed on small crustaceans and other invertebrates, as well as on insects.

References in periodicals archive ?
According to Gatumbato, it was Godfrey Jakosalem, PBCFI senior biologist, who accidentally documented and counted three individuals of Spoon-billed sandpiper on Saturday while on birding and preparing for the annual water bird count at Tibsok.
"The spoon-billed sandpiper is one of those amazing birds that should be on everyone's 'see before you die' bucket list," he said.
Fri 4th, 7.30pm: In Search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper: wildlife of the Russian Far East, talk by Steve Culley.
Pomarine Skuas Picture: DEWI EDWARDS Another step was made this week in a journey that might just save one of the world's rarest birds, the tiny Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
A Spoon-billed Sandpiper will almost certainly never visit Wales.
The Korean tidal flats "Getbol" boasts extensive coastal wetlands that are home to rare species, such as spoon-billed sandpipers and a layer of mudflat sediment that is the thickest in the world, South Korean News Agency (Yonhap) reported.
Spoon-billed sandpipers are cute birds found near coastal places and tundra.
She will lead the way in programming and delivering multi-million pound infrastructure projects to support military training, improve defence capability and oversee the draw down of Army units from Germany | FRIDAY AUGUST 23: The UK''s Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) worked with Russian scientists to help boost numbers of one of the world's rarest birds by sourcing eggs from spoon-billed sandpipers. Sixteen chicks were then hand reared
The discovery of 84 spoon-billed sandpipers in a coastal stretch of Burma offers hope for saving the endangered birds, conservationists Bird Life International said today.
Nigel Jarrett, from East Boldon in South Tyneside, is spearheading a project to increase numbers of spoon-billed sandpipers, which has seen its population plunge by 90% in the last 10 years.