Rare spoon-billed sandpipers sighted in Xiamen
chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Oct 31, 2019
A spoon-billed sandpiper is seen in Xiamen. [Photo by Hong Zuyi/xmnn.cn]
"The global breeding population of spoon-billed sandpipers was estimated at a maximum of 228 pairs. The first four birds were spotted at Xiamen's Dadeng Island in October 2015, and since then the coastal city has become a must-visit place during their winter migration," Chen said.
He credited the tidal flats in Xiamen – boasting slow waters and mixing sand and mud – as being the most appealing aspect for the notoriously picky birds.
"The spatulate bill of the bird, a broad and flat style which can be used to sweep and lift food from the ground, makes the tidal flats in Xiamen the most suitable for them," Chen said.