A large, heavyset shorebird with a very long, thick straight bill. The neck is heavy and the legs are long and thick.
Larger than a Willet, smaller than a Long-billed Curlew.crow-sized
- Both Sexes
Stocky, all-dark shorebird with a red bill and yellow eye.
Juveniles are all dark with a dark-tipped red bill.
Typically found on rocky shores. All-dark body and long, orange-red bill are distinctive.
Dark overall in flight. Eats molluscs, especially mussels and limpets.
Pairs often engage in "piping display" to greet mates or threaten intruders. Pairs rotate in place or run side by side with short, quick steps while giving piping notes.
Large, conspicuous, noisy shorebird of the Pacific Coast. Found along rocky seacoasts and islands, less commonly on sandy beaches.
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