- 8.7 in
- 16.9 in
- 1.4–3.7 oz
- Bécasseau a poitrine cendrée (French)
- Playero pectoral, Correlimos pectoral (Spanish)
- The breeding male Pectoral Sandpiper has an inflatable throat sac, which expands and contracts rhythmically during display flights. The accompanying vocalization consists of a series of hollow hoots, and is one of the most unusual sounds heard in summer on the arctic tundra.
Breeds in wet coastal tundra. Migrates and winters in wet meadows, mudflats, flooded fields, and shores of ponds and pools.
- Condition at Hatching
- Active and covered with down.
Formerly abundant in 19th century, but were much reduced by market hunting. Little information on current population trends. This species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.
- Holmes, R. T., and F. A. Pitelka. 1998. Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos). In The Birds of North America, No. 348 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.