At a Glance
This Asian shorebird is related to our Pectoral Sandpiper, and like that species is it a long-distance migrant, traveling from Siberia to Australia and New Zealand. A few reach North America every year, mostly fall migrants in Alaska and the Pacific northwest; a casual stray in other areas, rare in spring.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Sandpiper-like Birds, Sandpipers
Coasts and Shorelines, Freshwater Wetlands, Saltwater Wetlands, Tundra and Boreal Habitats
Alaska and The North, California, Northwest, Western Canada
Direct Flight, Rapid Wingbeats, Running
Range & Identification
8 1/2" (22 cm). Most seen in North America are fall juveniles. Size and shape of Pectoral Sandpiper but bright rich buff on chest (with very few streaks), reddish on cap, more obvious eye-ring. Adults very similar to Pectoral but with arrow-shaped marks extending down flanks.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Black, Brown, Gray, Red, Tan, White, Yellow
Rounded, Short, Square-tipped, Wedge-shaped
Songs and Calls
A sharp whit-whit.
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