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White-rumped Sandpiper - BirdForum Opus

Breeding plumage
Photo by Stanley Jones
Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands, March 2005
Calidris fuscicollis


Photo by crispash
Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands, March 2005

15–18 cm (6-7 in)

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White underparts
  • Brown breast streaking
  • White rump
  • Streaked flanks
  • White stripe supercilium
  • Black legs
  • Small thin dark bill with yellow base to lower mandible
  • Wings extend beyond the tip of the tail


  • Pale grey upperparts


Arctic islands in Canada and Alaska, wintering in northern South America.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds in well vegetated marshy tundra. Forages in mud flats outside of the breeding season.



Their diet consists almost entirely of invertebrates, such as adult and larval insects, grasshoppers, beetles, craneflies, spiders. They also take some small molluscs and other crustaceans.


Polygynous. They nest on the ground.


  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 October 2018)

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