- Calidris 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
- 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
Can be confused with Dunlin.
Formerly placed in the genus Limicola.
There are 2 subspecies:
- 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.
The nest is a ground scrape. The clutch usually contains 4 eggs.
The diet includes insects and other small invertebrates.
- 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/
- Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Broad-billed Sandpiper. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 2 August 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Broad-billed_Sandpiper