Animal of the Week #5- Spoon-billed Sandpiper

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Lydia Martin

  • Fewer than 100 Spoon-billed Sandpiper pairs are left in the world
  • It has a one-of-a-kind spatulate bill
  • Colors include reddish brown, white, black, and gray
  • Migrate to the Pacific coast of Russia, Japan, North and South Korea, and China
  • Live in a coastal tundra climate, often near large coastal lagoons or bays
  • They feed on a variety of larval and adult invertebrates, especially midges, mosquitoes, flies, beetles, and spiders
  • Becoming extinct due to habitat loss
  • Right after the baby birds hatch, they leave the nest within a day
  • They closely resemble Semipalmated Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Sanderling

 

To learn more, go to: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/spoon-billed-sandpiper-facts/