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Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Calidris pygmaea

Conservation status: Critical

Size: 15 cm

The spoon-billed sandpiper is a wader that calls the windy tundras of Russia home in spring and the humid salt pans of Southeast Asia home in the winter. Like its name suggests, this bird’s spatula-like bill is apt for scooping up a feast of crabs and other invertebrates. Russian scientists and conservationists are doing their best to protect and shelter baby spoon-billed sandpipers from tundra predators, ensuring that this species recovers from its currently low population. It is estimated to number at 500 globally and is one of the most endangered birds in the world. 

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