World’s rarest and enigmatic bird seen in Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi
One of the world’s rarest and most enigmatic birds, A Steppe Whimbrel, has been sighted on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. There is estimated to be just 100 surviving today.
“The discovery of a Steppe Whimbrel in Abu Dhabi is remarkable in itself, and confirms our suspicion that the migration route of the sub-species passes through the Arabian Peninsula region,” said Gary Allport of BirdLife International.
“What is even more remarkable is that this is the first time ever, anywhere in the world, that a juvenile Steppe Whimbrel has been seen in the field which is encouraging evidence that there is still some breeding taking place in this tiny population. It’s an amazing find.”