Critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper spotted in south China

Several spoon-billed sandpipers were spotted foraging at Danzhou Bay in south China's Hainan Province on December 5. 

The spoon-billed sandpiper is a critically endangered bird with a global population of less than 456, according to the latest report from BirdLife International Conservation. It gets its name from its spoon-shaped short bill. According to Lu Gang, the director of Haikou Duotan Wetland Research Institude, Hainan Province is on the bird's migration route from East Asia to Australia. This year, four of these birds were spotted in Danzhou Bay.

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