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12-14 cm Brown upperparts and white underparts. Face, neck, and breast are rust-brown with black spots. Back has white lines that form a distinctive V pattern in flight. Legs are black
Sexes are similar.
 Similar Species
Dunlin which has a down-curved bill
Coastal and island tundra, sandy beaches, mudflats, and estuaries.
It nests on a bare ground scrape laying 3-5 eggs. Male and female may incubate separate clutches.
Diet includes small invertebrates picked off the mud.
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