Spoon-billed Sandpiper Calidris pygmaea

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes)

Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2abcd+3bcd+4abcd; C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
This species is listed as Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small population that is undergoing an extremely rapid decline. This is because of a number of factors, including habitat loss in its breeding, passage and wintering grounds, which are compounded by disturbance, pollution, hunting and the effects of climate change. Juvenile recruitment has, until recently, been very low, leading to fears that the population is ageing rapidly; action is now urgently required to prevent the extinction of this species.

BirdLife Species Guardian: BANCA (Myanmar), BCST (Thailand)

Population size: 240-456

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 355,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Calidris pygmaea. Downloaded from on 25/10/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2021.