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Least Sandpiper Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Least Sandpipers are tiny sandpipers with round bodies and relatively short, pointed wings. They have thin-tipped, slightly decurved bills and slim, medium-length legs.

    Relative Size

    Tiny (our smallest shorebird); Slightly larger than a sparrow, slightly smaller than a Semipalmated Sandpiper.

    Relative Sizebetween sparrow and robinbetween sparrow and robin

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.1-5.9 in (13-15 cm)
      • Weight: 0.7-1.1 oz (19-30 g)
      • Wingspan: 10.6-11.0 in (27-28 cm)