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Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: SCOLOPACIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A stout shorebird, the Purple Sandpiper breeds in the tundra and winters along rocky shores of the Atlantic Coast. Despite its name, it appears mostly slate-gray in winter, with only a faint purplish gloss, and shows no purple at all in breeding plumage.

Appearance

Shorebirds
Shorebirds
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Plump, medium-sized shorebird.
  • Mostly dark.
  • Medium-length bill, with slight droop at end.
  • Short, yellow legs.

Immature Description

Juvenile resembles breeding adult, but with white-edged feathers on the upperparts.

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