Living Bird Magazine
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
A medium-sized, chunky shorebird, the Pectoral Sandpiper is found most commonly on mudflats with short grass or weedy vegetation and seems more at home in the grass than in the water.More ID Info
- Playero Pectoral (Spanish)
- Bécasseau à poitrine cendrée (French)
- Cool Facts
- The breeding male Pectoral Sandpiper has an inflatable throat sac, which expands and contracts rhythmically during display flights. The accompanying vocalization consists of a series of hollow hoots, and is one of the most unusual sounds heard in summer on the arctic tundra.
- The oldest recorded Pectoral Sandpiper was at least 5 years, 11 months old when it was found in 1983 in El Salvador. It had been banded in Kansas in 1978.