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Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Samot Sakorn, Thailand, November 2006
Calidris falcinellus

Limicola falcinellus


16–18 cm (6¼-7 in)
A small wader with short legs. The bill is relatively long, with a broad, flattened tip. It has a diagnostic white double supercilium.


  • Dark grey upperparts with creamy streaks
  • White underparts
  • Streaked breast markings continue to flanks
Breeding plumage
Photo © by dfd
Oulu, Finland, June 2008


  • Pale grey above
  • White scaling on scapulars and wings
  • White below
  • Head patter less marked

Juvenile - similar to breeding adult white belly but lacks the streaked flanks

Similar Species

Can be confused with Dunlin.


Breeding: Patchy; Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. During breeding season found in very wet quagmires in Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Kola peninsula, Russia (C.f.falcinellus).

Overwinters: South-eastern Asia, Australasia (C. f. sibrica); India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula and Africa (C. f. falcinellus).

Photo © by Steve G
Kalloni saltpans, Lesvos, August 2003


Formerly placed in the genus Limicola.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. f. falcinellus:
  • C. f. sibirica:


Mainly coastal. Also salt pools, gravel pits, brackish mudflats, lagoons, riversides, lakes and marshes on migration.

During breeding season found in very wet quagmires.


Photo © by lior kislev
Maagan michael, Israel, September 2012


The nest is a ground scrape. The clutch usually contains 4 eggs.


The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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