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Upland Sandpiper - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by kegressy
Carden Alvar, Ontario, Canada, June 2006
Bartramia longicauda


Photo © by Brian Hubbs
Valentine, Nebraska, 3 June 2017

26–32 cm (10¼-12½ in)

  • Dark mottled brown back and upper wings
  • Light head and neck with brown streaks
  • White belly
  • Yellow legs
  • Long tail
  • Short straight bill with pale yellowish-brown lower mandible


Breeds Alaska to southern U.S.; winters in South America.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Grassy prairies, open meadows, fields



Photo © by Fritz73
Gral. Villegas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004

Ground nesters they hide their nest in dense grass. The clutch of 4 eggs are looked after by both adults.


The diet consists of a variety of insects such as grasshoppers, crickets and weevils, larvae of beetles, centipedes, butterflies and moths; they will also eat some vegetation.


Flight Call: Quip-ip-ip-ip


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)
  3. BF Member observations

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