Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Calidris pygmaea
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coast
Description : The Spoon-billed Sandpiper is a tiny shorebird with a spoon-shaped bill (adult bird length approximately 17 cm, wing 10 cm, bill 2.2 cm,spoon 1.1 cm, tarsus 2.1 cm, tail 3.8 cm). The non-breeding adult looks pale grey with a white supercilium, forehead and underparts. Its belly remains white. In breeding plumage its face, throat, neck and breast turn chestnut. It feeds invertebrates from the surface keeping its bill to the surface in a vibrating motion. It has a feeding style characterized by a side-to-side movement of its bill while walking forward with its head lowered. During the months of June and July, this species nests along coastal areas in the tundra, specifically selecting spots with grass near freshwater pools.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Jens Kirkeby(www.xeno-canto.org/Jens Kirkeby), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.