Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

PUSA

Code 6

CALMAR

ITIS

HEAD

Purple Sandpiper Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Dagger
  • Eye Color: Dark brown.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Eyering
  • Crown Color: Pale brown with black streaks.
  • Forehead Color: Gray and brown.
  • Nape Color: Gray
  • Throat Color: Pale gray with heavy dark streaks.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Purple Sandpiper Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 23 cm (9 in)
  • Weight: 77 g (2.7 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Gray
  • Underparts: White with heavy brown and black streaks on breast and sides.
  • Upperparts: Black and gray-brown feathers with white edges.
  • Back Pattern: Striped or streaked, Scaled or scalloped
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Purple Sandpiper Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Flies swiftly with shallow wingbeats low over water.
  • Wingspan Range: 43 cm (17 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Pointed Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Striped
  • Upper Tail: Gray-brown, darker in the center.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Yellow
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