Stocky, short-legged sandpiper with a dropping bill that is yellow at the base. Slate gray above with grayish spotting on the breast.
Its short legs and round belly often make it look like it's squatting. Purplish sheen only visible at close range.
Forages in the rocky intertidal zone, quickly picking up aquatic invertebrates at low tides before the rocks get covered as the tide comes back in.
Often flies short distances low over the water in tight groups.
Plump shorebird with short, yellow legs found foraging along rocky shorelines.
- Plump, medium-sized shorebird.
- Mostly dark.
- Medium-length bill, with slight droop at end.
- Short, yellow legs.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile resembles breeding adult, but with white-edged feathers on the upperparts.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 7.9-8.7 in (20-22 cm)
- Weight: 1.8-3.7 oz (50-105 g)
- Wingspan: 16.5-18.1 in (42-46 cm)
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