Stock, short-legged shorebird with a stout, slightly upturned bill. Breeding birds are blackish overall with a white spot behind the bill.
Stocky shorebird of rocky coastlines. Nonbreeding birds are brownish black with a white belly.
Commonly inhabits the intertidal zone of rocky or sandy coastlines during the wintering season.
Distinctive pattern in flight. Note white stripe down the back, a black tipped tail, and white stripes on the wings.
Legs usually dark, but occasionally dark red or pinkish. Note stout slightly upturned bill.
Nonbreeding with Surfbird
In flight, black-and-white pattern on back is distinctive. Note white stripe down the back, a black tipped tail, and white stripes on the wings.
- Stocky, medium-sized, short-legged shorebird.
- Short, dark bill fairly thick with a slight upturn to the lower mandible.
- Legs usually dark, but occasionally dark red or pinkish.
- Bold wing pattern visible in flight, produced by white feathers at the base of the leading edge of the wing, a white wing stripe, and a white lower back.
- White tail with black terminal band.
Immature DescriptionResembles winter adult, but slightly more brownish overall with buffy fringes on feathers of body and tail tipped with brown rather than white.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 8.7-9.8 in (22-25 cm)
- Weight: 3.5-6.0 oz (100-170 g)
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