Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

SPTS

Code 6

CALACU

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper has a large range, estimated globally at 50,000 to 100,000 square kilometers. Native to Australia, Asia, and North America and vagrant to Europe, this bird prefers grassland, wetland, and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 160,000 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 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: Medium sandpiper with dark brown upperparts and white underparts with faint olive-brown streaks on breast and sides. Head has rufous crown and, white eye ring. Wings are dark brown. Tail is dark brown and pointed in flight. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: Eurasian species; casual spring and common fall migrant in coastal regions of western Alaska and along the Aleutian archipelago; rare fall migrant along entire Pacific coast. Preferred habitats include tidal sandbars, mudflats, estuaries, swamps, inland lakes, and shorelines.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pleep-pleep-trrt"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A review of new data has indicated that the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper should perhaps better be placed into the genus Philomachus - as P. acuminatus - which now contains only the Ruff.
  • Its larger size and long-legged stance, and the breast pattern which gradually fades away on the belly as in the Ruff instead of having a fairly sharp border as in the Calidris/Erolia stints indicate that placement in Philomachus may be correct.
  • Its population as of 2004 was estimated at 160,000 individuals.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Imran Kahn

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X