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Dunlin Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A chunky, small shorebird with medium-length legs, a short neck, and a long bill that is curved toward the tip.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Western Sandpiper, smaller than a Short-billed Dowitcher.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 6.3-8.7 in (16-22 cm)
      • Weight: 1.7-2.7 oz (48.7-75.9 g)
      • Wingspan: 14.2-15.0 in (36-38 cm)