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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

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Calidris acuminata


[edit] Identification

17-22 cm (6¾-8¾ in)
Adult summer

  • Rich brown upperparts with darker feather centres
  • White underparts
  • Streaked buff upper breast
  • Dark chevrons on breast sides, flanks and undertail coverts
  • White supercilium
  • Chestnut crown
  • White eyering
Photo © by MzunguKedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane, Queensland, September 2017
Photo © by Mzungu
Kedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane, Queensland, September 2017

Grey upperparts in winter

  • Orange-buff breast
  • Narrow streaky band on neck
  • Rufous cap

[edit] Similar Species

Pectoral Sandpiper

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in northeast Siberia, and winters in Australasia and Polynesia.

Rare vagrant to Britain and Ireland.

[edit] Taxonomy

JuvenilePhoto © by MzunguSandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, November 2018
Photo © by Mzungu
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, November 2018

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Breeds on tundra. Feeds on grassy edges of shallow inland freshwater wetlands. They are also found around sewage farms, flooded fields, mudflats, mangroves, rocky shores and beaches.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest on the ground.

[edit] Diet

Their varied diet consists of aquatic insects and their larvae, as well as worms, molluscs, crustaceans, snails and seeds.

[edit] References

  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
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728

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