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Spotted Sandpiper

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Adult in breeding plumagePhoto © by JvhigbeeLittle Naches River, Washington, USA, July 2003
Adult in breeding plumage
Photo © by Jvhigbee
Little Naches River, Washington, USA, July 2003
Actitis macularia

Actitis macularius


[edit] Identification

JuvenilePhoto © by Marcel GauthierSaint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, July 2004
Photo © by Marcel Gauthier
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, July 2004

18-20cm (7-7¾ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • White below, spotted black
  • White wing stripe
  • Short yellow legs
  • Orange bill with a black tip
  • Dark eye-line with thin white superciliary

Non-breeding birds do not have the spotted underparts.

[edit] Similar Species

Common Sandpiper

[edit] Distribution

Breeds North America (Canada and the United States); winters to southern South America

A regular vagrant to Europe. There is thought to have been a breeding attempt in Scotland.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

One subspecies (A. m. ravus) is recognised by some authorities[2]

[edit] Habitat

Fresh water, ponds, streams, and other waterways, both inland and along coasts.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest on the ground. Females may mate with more than one male, leaving incubation to them.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates, from the ground or in the water. They may also catch insects in flight.

[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. Avibase
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6

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