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Purple Sandpiper Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A plump, small shorebird with a long, slightly drooping bill, and fairly long legs for its size.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Dunlin, slightly smaller than a Ruddy Turnstone.

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    Measurements
    • 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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