Sanderling

Calidris alba

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes and Allies (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

Sand

Code 6

CALALB

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Sanderling has a large range, estimated globally at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, this bird prefers grassland, wetland, or marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 620,000 to 700,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Sanderling is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Sanderling: This medium-sized sandpiper has dark-spotted, rufous upperparts and breast, white underparts and black bill, legs and feet. Wings have conspicuous white stripes visible in flight. Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, isopods, worms, plants and insects. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Sanderling: Breeds in high Arctic tundra from Alaska eastward to Baffin Island and Greenland. Spends winters along coasts from the Aleutian Islands and British Columbia along the Pacific coast to Mexico, and also from Massachusetts southward to the Caribbean and southern South America. Preferred habitats include ocean beaches, sandbars, mudflats, and lake and river shorelines.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Sanderling was first described in 1764 by Peter Simon Pallas, a German naturalist.
  • Among shorebirds, only the Ruddy Turnstone and the Whimbrel rival its worldwide distribution.
  • It is predominantly monogamous, but occasionally the female lays eggs for several different males in quick succession.
  • A group of sanderlings are collectively known as a "grain" of sanderlings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Sanderling

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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