The recent discovery of wintering grounds for several dozen spoon-billed sandpipers in Myanmar (Burma) offers a glimmer of hope for the critically endangered species, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Birdlife International. The birds, with spatula-shaped bills, are shown here on a beach in Thailand, another locale for wintering birds that breed in Siberia. According to Birdlife International, the sandpiper population has crashed from several thousand pairs to just a few hundred.

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