Living Bird Magazine
Baird's SandpiperCalidris bairdii
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
The long-winged Baird's Sandpiper prefers drier areas to forage than most other similar sandpipers.More ID Info
- Correlimos de Baird (Spanish)
- Bécasseau de Baird (French)
- Cool Facts
- The migration of the Baird's Sandpiper is long but rapid. After departing high-arctic breeding grounds and staging in southern Canada and the northern United States, most individuals travel 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) or more directly to northern South America, some going on as far as Tierra del Fuego. Many individuals complete the entire 15,000 kilometer (9,300 mile) journey in as few as 5 weeks.
- The female Baird's Sandpiper lays a clutch of eggs that is up to 120% of her body mass in four days, shortly after arriving in the Arctic, with essentially no stored fat.