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Broad-billed Sandpiper

From Opus

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Photo by Peter EricssonSamot Sakorn, Thailand, November 2006
Photo by Peter Ericsson
Samot Sakorn, Thailand, November 2006
Limicola falcinellus



Length 17 cm
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
Breeding plumagePhoto by dfdOulu, Finland, June 2008
Breeding plumage
Photo by dfd
Oulu, Finland, June 2008


  • 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

Similar Species

Can be confused with Dunlin.


Breeding: Patchy; Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. During breeding season found in very wet quagmires in Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Kola peninsula, Russia (L.f.falcinellus).

Overwinters: South-eastern Asia, Australasia (L. f. sibrica); India, Sri Lanka, Arabian Peninsula and Africa (L. f. falcinellus).

JuvenilePhoto by Steve GKalloni saltpans, Lesvos, August 2003
Photo by Steve G
Kalloni saltpans, Lesvos, August 2003



There are 2 subspecies:

  • L f falcinellus:
  • L 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.


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  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition ISBN 0 00 219900 9
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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