An international team of conservationists Is on a emergency mission to help save one of yhe wold's rarest birds from extinction the name the Eurynorhus pygmeus.
Its a remarkable bird,but its shocking drop In numbers indicates likely extinction within a decade If urgent actions Is not taken.
The plan Is to establish a captive population which will be the source for reintroductions over the coming years,once the threats to the birds and their habitat along their flyway have been sufficiently addressed.
Recent research suggests that the breeding population of this species was between 120-200 pairs In 2009,with the Spoonbill sandpiper believed to be declining at approximately 26% per tear, due to extremely low survival of juvenile birds.
If the decline continues,these amazing birds won't be around for much longer.
The birds migratory route takes It 8.000 km along the East Asian-Australasian flyway each year from Russia to the Bay of Martaban,Myanmar and the bay of Bengal In Bangladesh.
On that journey and during the non breeding season they have been reported from Japan,North Korea,the Republic of Korea,China,Vietnam,Thailand,Myanmar,Bangladesh and India.
It Is believed that the main reason for the catastrophic decline,and especially the Incredibly low survival among juveniles,Is unsustainable levels of subsistence hunting,particularly on the wintering areas In Myanmar and Bangladesh.
However with a migration flyway that runs along some of the most rapidly developing coastlines of Asia,there are several other critical threats,In particular the wholesale degradation and reclamation of the inter tidal mudflats where the species feeds.