Steppe Whimbrel spotted for the first time in Abu Dhabi

An extremely rare bird Steppe Whimbrel was spotted for the first time in Abu Dhabi, with only 100 found in the world.

Steppe Whimbrel

First of its kind in the world in Abu Dhabi with extremely rare bird stops

One of the most rare bird species in the world has been spotted in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the Steppe Whimbrel bird is considered rare, as it is estimated that there are only about 100 birds around the world, according to the Emirati news agency, WAM.

With the onset of bird migration in the fall, two members of the Emirates Bird Records Committee (EBRC), Oscar Campbell and Simon Lloyd, spotted a rare bird on the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, of a “Steppe Whimbrel”.

The Steppe Whimbrel bird is an extremely rare subspecies of the “Whimbrel” bird, which passes through the UAE regularly in spring and autumn.

Steppe Whimbrel rare bird species in the UAE

Spotting one of the rare bird species in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, which is “Steppe Whimbrel”.

The Steppe Whimbrel bird seen in Abu Dhabi was young, as it was born this year.

This is the first time that a young “Steppe Whimbrel” bird is seen anywhere in the world.

Campbell and Lloyd spotted the bird on August 29.

Another member of the Emirates Bird Records Committee, Peter Hillier, spotted the same bird on August 31.

The Steppe Whimbrel bird was still around September 11th.

The Steppe Whimbrel bird is believed to have continued to migrate, and is now on its way to East Africa.

Campbell and Lloyd shared their photos of the bird with the world’s largest Steppe Whimbrels expert, Gary Allport of BirdLife International.

Allport said the discovery of the “Steppe Whimbrel” in Abu Dhabi “is a wonderful thing in itself, and confirms our suspicion that the migration path of subspecies passes through the Arabian Peninsula.”

“The most striking thing is that this is the first time ever anywhere in the world that a young Steppe Whimbrel has been seen. This is encouraging evidence that there is still some reproduction that is taking place in this small group,” Alport added.

Steppe Whimbrel was declared extinct in 1994

The bird was never common, and was declared extinct in 1994.

And in 1997, a small group of these birds was discovered in their breeding grounds in southern Russia, with few confirmed records scattered there until 2009.

In 2016, two adult birds were found in Mozambique, and in subsequent years, only 7 birds were confirmed to have been sighted in Mozambique.

In 2018, one bird with a satellite tracking card was tracked north to Yemen.

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