Rock Sandpiper

Calidris ptilocnemis

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

ROSA

Code 6

CALPTI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Rock Sandpiper is a small bird which breeds in tundra habitats. Its range includes the Arctic Pacific coast of Alaska, the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands. These birds are typically monogamous and stay with their mate for several years. Nests are built on the ground on rocks or in low, damp areas. Males create several scrapes, and the female chooses one to lay the eggs in. During winter months, this species may form large flocks, and flies to Pacific coastlines. This bird forages for food on rocky coasts, eating insects, mollusks, worms and vegetation. The conservation rating for this species is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Rock Sandpiper: Medium sandpiper, scaled gray-brown and reddish-brown upperparts, dark crown, heavily streaked white underparts with dark breast patch. Dark bill is slightly decurved. Wings have large white stripes visible in flight. Tail has dark central stripe above and is white below. Black legs.

 

Range and Habitat

Rock Sandpiper: This species breeds along coast of western Alaska, and winters along the Pacific Coast south to Northern and Central California. There are also resident individuals along the Aleutian archipelago. These birds nest on tundra and winter on rocky shores, often with Black Turnstones and Surfbirds.

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Rock Sandpiper SONGS AND CALLS

Rock Sandpiper A1

"Per-deerr-per-deerr" song given during a short display flight.

Rock Sandpiper A2

Repeated "che-che-che" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tu-tu-tu-tu-tu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The breeding pair is usually monogamous, with pair bonds usually lasting several years.
  • Unlike their counterparts, Rock Sandpipers do not chip or pry attached prey from its substrate.
  • 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

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Imran Kahn

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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.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X