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Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Adult).jpg
General Information
Universe Real Life
Classification Eurynorhynchus pygmeus
Species Type Sandpiper
Homeworld Earth
Environment Inhabitants
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Average Length 14–16 cm
Average Wingspan 98–106 mm
Locomotion Powered flight
Feeding Behavior Carnivore
Lineage Information
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Language(s) Quiet Preeps
Shrill Wheers
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Infraclass Neognathae
Superorder Neoaves
Order Charadriiformes
Suborder Scolopaci
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Eurynorhynchus
Species pygmeus
Other Information
Status Critically Endangered

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) is a small wader which breeds in northeastern Russia and winters in Southeast Asia.


The most distinctive feature of this species is its spatulate bill. The breeding adult bird is 14–16 cm in length, and has a red-brown head, neck and breast with dark brown streaks. It has blackish upper parts with buff and pale rufous fringing. Non-breeding adults lack the reddish colouration, but have pale brownish-grey upper parts with whitish fringing to the wing-coverts. The underparts are white and the legs are black.

The measurements are; wing 98–106 mm, bill 19–24 mm, bill tip breadth 10–12 mm, tarsus 19–22 mm and tail 37–39 mm.

The contact calls of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper include a quiet preep or a shrill wheer. The song, given during display, is an intermittent buzzing and descending trill preer-prr-prr. The display flight of the male includes brief hovers, circling and rapid diving while singing.

Distribution and habitat[]

The Spoon-billed Sandpiper's breeding habitat is sea coasts and adjacent hinterland on the Chukchi Peninsula and southwards along the isthmus of the Kamchatka peninsula. It migrates down the Pacific coast through Japan, North Korea, South Korea and China, to its main wintering grounds in South and Southeast Asia, where it has been recorded from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.


Its feeding style consists of a side-to-side movement of the bill as the bird walks forward with its head down. This species nests in June–July on coastal areas in the tundra, choosing locations with grass close to freshwater pools.

A chick of the species.