Upland Sandpiper

Bartramia longicauda

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

UPSA

Code 6

BARLON

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Upland Sandpiper has a large range, estimated globally at 3,300,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations and vagrant to Antarctica, Australia, Europe, and Asia, this bird prefers subtropical, temperate, or tropical grassland ecosystems as well as pastureland. The global population of this bird is estimated at 350,000 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 Upland Sandpiper is Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Upland Sandpiper: Large bird, dark-spotted, brown upperparts, black rump. White chin, neck, throat. Breast and sides streaked with dark chevrons, white belly. Dark cap, white eye-rings. Bill is thin, olive-brown, decurved at tip. Wedge-shaped tail has dark center and barred edges visible in flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Upland Sandpiper: Breeds from central Maine west through Canada to Alaska; southeast to northern Oklahoma, and east to New England. During migration, occurs throughout the southern states. Spends winters in South America from southern Brazil to south-central Argentina. Preferred habitats include large fallow fields, pastures, and grassy areas.

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Upland Sandpiper SONGS AND CALLS

Upland Sandpiper A1

Song is a soft rising trill, ending with a drawn-out, descending whistle.

Upland Sandpiper A2

High-pitched calls from a young chick.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pulip pulip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Upland Sandpiper is the "shorebird of the prairie". While most of its relatives are never found far from water, this species has made itself at home on the grasslands.
  • Older names are the Upland Plover and Bartram's Sandpiper. The genus name and the old common name Bartram's Sandpiper commemorate the American naturalist William Bartram.
  • Once abundant in the Great Plains, it has undergone steady population declines since the mid-19th century, because of hunting and loss of habitat.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Imran Kahn

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